Pictured with Mares & Foals at Cheveley Park Stud, Newmarket.
This portrait is currently displayed at Palace House - the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art (Newmarket, UK) in the Museum's Gallery 6 as part of their permanent collection.
Pivotal was photographed on the 27th of October 2017 (24yo). The composite picture of Cheveley Park Stud was taken during the first week of June 2018 by which time the trees had come back into leaf.
Whilst mares & foals wouldn’t normally be in the same paddock as a Stallion, they were added so that the picture presented a story of his life at Cheveley by portraying 'Pivotal', a representation of his progeny and the stud farm.
The picture is allocated in an edition of three. The 1/1 was presented by Ripley to Palace House, The 2/3 was presented to Cheveley Park Stud.
The portrait is constructed from 32 individual ultra-high-resolution medium-format images (50-100mp at 16bit) with shifts-of-focus throughout the image (see; method) and took approximately 160 hours to complete.
"We are delighted when high calibre artworks are added to our national horseracing collection. Thanks to everyone involved for enabling us to share this beautiful work featuring the celebrated Pivotal".
- Dr Patricia Hardy, Packard Head of Collections, Exhibitions and Displays - the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art (2018).
"The beautifully balanced and exquisite detailed print is certainly something to behold and we couldn't be happier to have it in our gallery".
- Palace House.
Palace House Press Release
Extract from the plaque which accompanies the work at Palace House:
Ripley (1965 - present)
Giclée print with archival pigment ink, Somerset cotton paper.
This work portrays Pivotal with mares and foals at Cheveley Park Stud, Newmarket.
Born in 1993 Pivotal won the Nunthorpe Stakes in 1996, as did his son Kyllachy in 2002 and his grandson Sole Power in 2010 and 2014, and has become known as a phenomenal breeding stallion. As of October 2018 he was the sire of over 228 Stakes performers (83 Group winners and 63 Listed winners) over different distances.
Pivotal is shown here at Cheveley Park, bought by David and Patricia Thompson in 1977, where Pivotal was born and bred. He was selected to be the subject of this work by the Newmarket Open Weekend Committee which had held a charity auction of which one lot was a commission from Ripley.
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