‘Racehorse overlooking gallops and a landscape’ - Ripley 2012
This picture is one of Ripley's first equine portraits. The horse (Black Thunder) was photographed at his training yard in Somerset, England, in September 2012, and the background elements captured in spring/summer 2013 with the final piece being completed in August 2013.
The picture is a composite of many images; The bare-earth foreground was from a river bank in Suffolk, the tree from an English woodland, the main landscape is a view looking over the Somerset plains made from several images (making for extremely fine detail). The riders were also pictured separately as was the small ruin at the top of the gallops. The sky was photographed earlier that year in Miami, USA. Minor reworking was carried out in 2017 which involved removing a few leaves from the tree.
The picture was first exhibited at The Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket (UK) in July 2014 (solo exhibition) and later presented at The London Art Fair in January 2015.