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  • 'Galileo Gold overlooking Goodwood Racecourse'

‘Galileo Gold overlooking Goodwood Racecourse and the Sussex Downs’ by Ripley - c2015 (r2016)

Ripley was approached by Goodwood to create a portrait they could license for their 2016 Festival. (in 2015 Ripley had reworked a thoroughbred portrait from a previous work for the 2015 Goodwood Festival campaign, which pictured a horse stood in front of Goodwood House).

Galileo Gold was photographed in September 2015, six weeks after winning the Goodwood Vintage Stakes (aged two and a half years old).

As with other works, the landscape is constructed from panoramas many pictures wide, and many layers deep; with shifts of focus throughout the image. The Landscape was photographed in November 2015, and shows an altered view of Goodwood and the Sussex Downs. Where the horse is standing is actually the view from the top of the Grandstand, which has been replaced with a foreground hill. Elements of the landscape have also been altered in order to place all the main features in the same frame, such as the racecourse and distant valley. In all some 27 pictures make up the environment. The final piece was composed throughout December 2015 and January 2016.

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