“Friend or Foe? Thoroughbred Gothic” (Edition 400)
30.5 x 67 cms
An imposing image that makes people stop in their tracks.
The mighty thoroughbred in all his glory, coming toward you. You are not sure if he is your friend….or your foe. One ear forward and one ear back, he is not sure of you too. It will make the heart beat fast in all those that know and love the Thoroughbred horse; his great companionship but also his simmering potential for unpredictability. It celebrates the dark side as well as the serenity of the horse. For that is what nature truly is. It isn’t a thing of fluffiness. It is awesome and terrible and because of that, truly, truly beautiful. The dark and the light of the thoroughbred's endearing spirit captured.
Anybody who thinks that a horse can be forced to do something it doesn’t want to do better get out of his way now…..because they are no friend of his. Somehow, if you are reading this, we think you are his friend….and will appreciate the power of the image.
It not difficult to see the love in this picture too. That is because the horse is none other than “Green Green Desert”, the artist’s own horse who sadly passed aged 27.
David followed him from his very first race as a two year old, when Walter Swinburn pronounced him the fastest horse he had ever sat on (and he should know…he rode Shergar). But the horse had his own ideas about the game, and though 6 champion jockeys rode him on the flat, he didn’t live up to the expectations of that first run despite being winter favourite for the 2000 Guineas. Always enigmatic, he eventually excelled over fences for Paul Nicholls, and his last owners Bill and Angela Ticknell entrusted him to David and Vikkih Hoile who is tremendously patient at dealing with difficult horses, upon his retirement.
In this image David captures perfectly the bond of love between horse and owner as they are excited to see one another.
A beautiful gift every horse lover will appreciate
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