‘California Chrome’ - Ripley 2015


Ripley's portrait of the 'American Horse Of The Year 2014 & 2016’ stood in front of the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles (designed by Frank Gehry).

Primary photography of California Chrome was completed in April 2015.

"Having been in Los Angeles creating some background imagery for 'future ideas' and taken numerous images of the Concert Hall, when thinking about the environment in which to place California Chrome it seemed appropriate to place him in front of the contemporary metal clad building rather than a more traditional thoroughbred scene".

Many photographs of the building had been taken, but in order to flow the dramatic lines of the architecture around the anatomy of California Chrome, elements were changed such as adjusting the orientation of the building and extending the foreground paving in order to give the correct perspective. Sky was added and colour tones carefully blended throughout the portrait, which all add to the cohesiveness of the final piece.


“Ripley - reinventing the equine portrait”
- The Jockey Club




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