Amateur jockey’s art exhibition includes last days at Hereford and Folkestone Racecourses

At 23 years old, classically trained and liberated, British painter Tom Evetts is an exciting new talent in equestrian art.

But he’s as strong on the bond between humans and horses. He’s worthy of his heroes, Alfred Munnings, Laura Knight, William Orpen, and Eugène Boudin. With this first collection, his fresh, bright and contemporary paintings depict the vibrant sporting world, and a few eulogise the last days of Folkestone and Hereford racecourses.

Tom Evetts’ first solo exhibition represents an exciting new talent in sporting art today. From a racing family and being an amateur jockey himself, racing as a subject was the perfect place to start for Tom.

Classically trained in Florence at Charles Cecil Studios and studying the Impressionist masters, Carot, Pissaro and Sisley, have given Tom a sound springboard to his painting career.

Painting only from life his style echoes the pointillist approach and beautifully brings to life his subject, capturing the atmosphere of a moment in time at the races or the sales.The atmosphere is most poignantly and skillfully captured by Tom on the last day of racing at both Hereford and Folkestone.

Tom describes the days: “All the colour and noise unique to the raceday was present, but this time as a facade, underneath which presented the end of two very long eras. At Hereford, the mood was a little more optimistic, with racing hopefully returning in the future. The mood at Folkestone was one of sadness and the unwilling realisation of the end.”

Tom Evetts’ first exhibition of paintings including The Last Race Paintings (Hereford & Folkstone) as featured in The Guardian, takes place at The Osborne Studio Gallery, 2 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JU on 9th–13th April 2013.


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