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’ as well as non-equine imagery and conceptual pieces.
Ripley has recently completed a five year project creating 12 large-scale portraits of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.
Pictured below : Close-up crop showing detail from upcoming work.
Recent highlights ;
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 Adam and Sir Alfred Munnings. Ripley also enrolled in a course of 42 lectures at The National Stud in Newmarket (UK).
Ripley was invited by The Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket to hold the first exhibition of his early equine portraiture. The solo show presented twelve pictures and was entitled "Ripley - The July Week Exhibition".
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 picture to The Queen at a private function in May 2016.
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 a framed print (Artist Proof) 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 Life Guards and the Blues and Royals 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 continued throughout London for The Household Cavalry project (2018 & 2019), this involved photographing views throughout the capitol with kind permissions from many landmark buildings and the Royal Parks.
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 Horseracing Museum in Gallery 6 as part of their permanent collection.
Thoroughbred commissions : ‘Cracksman’ (unveiled on the 21st September 2019 in Newmarket), 'Rumble In The Jungle' and the stallion 'Cockney Rebel'.
During 2019 works were presented at Chatsworth House, Goodwood Racecourse and Victoria House in London.
The Household Cavalry ; portraits in post-production.
The Household Cavalry ; Ripley completed the portraits of the HCMR on June 1st 2022.
Below : Video showing a selection of equine imagery, descriptions and quotes (9 minutes).