British artist Ripley works with high resolution digital composite photography to create large-scale pieces. His primary focus is working with Thoroughbred Racehorses, creating a feel of the equine master painters but using modern methods to create works of incredible detail and clarity.
Commissioned pieces include the portrait of ‘Estimate’ for Her Majesty The Queen. Personal works include ‘Leopard Spotted Horse with Dalmatians in a Landscape’ and non-equine imagery such as the ‘Girl With Flag’ series of nude portraits.
Ripley is currently in the post-production stage of a four year project creating 12 large-scale works for the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (due for completion in 2021) in amongst thoroughbred commissions and other conceptual work.
Pictured below : Photographing background plates for the HCMR imagery from the rooftop of The Lanesborough overlooking Wellington Arch (August 2019).
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Moving away from commercial projects (see; history) Ripley started to focus on personal works. He Studied the history of equine portraiture and the lives and works of artists such as George Stubbs, John Frederick Herring, Emil Adams and Sir Alfred Munnings, he also enrolled in a course of 42 lectures at The National Stud in Newmarket (UK).
Ripley was invited to hold the premier exhibition of his early equine portraits by The Jockey Club Rooms.
This year saw the completion of works with ‘California Chrome’ and ‘Postponed’, a bespoke portrait for the Goodwood Festival, and works presented at The London Art Fair.
Ripley was commissioned to create a portrait of ‘Estimate’ for Her Majesty The Queen. ‘Estimate’, owned by The Queen and winner of the Ascot Gold Cup in 2013 was pictured in foal in September 2015 with the final piece completed by February 2016.
Ripley presented the portrait to Her Majesty at a private function May.
In December 2016 The Queen gifted a half-sized framed print of the picture to The Aga Khan on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
Ripley was again commissioned by Goodwood to create an image featuring ‘Galileo Gold’ as well as a private commission of a portrait of 'Dubday'.
In January 2017 Ripley loaned one of the framed Artists Proofs of 'Estimate' to Ascot Racecourse where it now forms part of a permanent installation about his work.
In June 2017 Ripley completed initial photography with The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, this took place at Hyde Park Barracks (Knightsbridge Barracks) in June and involved Officers from the Blues and Royals and the Life Guards on their horses.
The Munnings Art Museum invited Ripley as their guest speaker for the inaugural Munnings Birthday Lecture which was held on the 8th of October 2017.
Ripley produced the portrait ‘Leopard Spotted Horse with Dalmatians in a Landscape’ and completed works with ‘The Gurkha’ (a commission from Goodwood Racecourse as a gift to Coolmore Stud) and ‘Rajasinghe’ (Coventry Stakes winner at Royal Ascot 2017).
Photography throughout London for The Household Cavalry project, this involved photographing views throughout the capitol with kind permissions from The Royal Parks and many landmark buildings.
Ripley completed the picture ‘Pivotal - pictured with Mares & Foals at Cheveley Park Stud'. As of November 2018 the picture is displayed at Palace House - The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art - in the Museum’s Gallery 6 as part of their permanent collection.
Ongoing photography throughout London capturing background elements for The Household Cavalry portraits. This imagery will start to be constructed in early 2020 and will take approximately 12-18 months to complete in post-production.
Thoroughbred commissions this year included : ‘Cracksman’ (unveiled on the 21st September 2019 in Newmarket) and 'Rumble In The Jungle' among others.
During 2019 works were presented at Chatsworth House, Goodwood Racecourse and Victoria House in London.
In March 2020 Ripley was elected as an Ordinary Member of The Chelsea Arts Club.
Below : Video showing a selection of equine imagery, descriptions and quotes (9 minutes).