Equestrian art in the frame

Two London exhibitions celebrate equine elegance

‘Night Horse’ by Tory Lawrence

The strength and magnificence of the horse forms the central theme of two exhibitions held in London this spring, with Tory Lawrence currently showing a selection of equine portraits at A&D Gallery and Elie Lambert bringing his racecourse-themed artworks to the Osborne Studio Gallery.

The daughter of a racehorse trainer, Tory Lawrence has always cherished horses, having been brought up as an eventer and showjumper, only ceasing her involvement in competitive riding in her forties, when she turned to art. In 2012, at the National Horseracing Museum, she presented a series of paintings set on Newmarket Heath that conjured up both the power and the delicacy of the horse. That same duality comes through in her new works, which have a compelling, otherworldly quality about them. 

‘Alarmed Horse’ by Tory Lawrence 

Where Lawrence’s work is mysterious and, at times, a little dark, the Belgian artist Elie Lambert’s paintings are joyfully childlike in their use of bright colours and bold shapes. Scenes of Royal Ascot and Newmarket, as well as depictions of Deauville racecourse, near to which the artist now lives, convey his passion for racing (Lambert has, variously, been a jockey, a racing journalist and a bloodstock agent). With their vibrant palette and lack of perspective, they are almost reminiscent of illustrations in children’s books.   

‘Royal Ascot After the Order’ by Elie Lambert

‘Pontefract’ by Elie Lambert

‘Tory Lawrence: Horses and Birds’ is at A&D Gallery, 51 Chiltern Street, London W1, until 27 May. ‘Elie Lambert: Solo Show’ is at the Osborne Studio Gallery, 2 Motcomb Street, London SW1, from 19 June to 14 July.  

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