Artist: Graham Isom Title: Best Mate Paper Size: 26"w x 20"h Image Size: 22"w x 15"h Medium / Edition : Paper / 495 copies. About this Piece: This Limited Edition Print has been printed with lightfast inks on acid-free, matt coated, high grade board from elemental chlorine-free pulps sourced from environmentally-conscious paper suppliers.After the cancellation of the Gold Cup in 2001 in response to the Foot and Mouth crisis, the field in 2002 was the biggest for 20 years. Two previous Gold Cup winners were running, Looks Like Trouble from 2000 and See More Business from 1999. Both ran strong races in 2002 but it was the 7-1 shot, Best Mate, who hugged the rail and jumped into the lead at the second last. Under Jim Culloty, the seven year old then strode powerfully up the Cheltenham hill to victory, almost two lengths ahead of Commanche Court and See More Business. Trained by Henrietta Knight, Best Mate was found by the trainer and her husband, ex-jockey Terry Biddlecombe, running in an Irish point-to-point. Normally too nervous to watch her runners race, Henrietta Knight made a special exception to see Best Mate's triumph and declared in the winners' enclosure: "He's poetry in motion". About the Artist: Graham Isom is a multi award-winning equestrian artist with an obvious love for his subject, described by Portfolio magazine as a painter who is breaking new ground by combining an eye for thrilling sporting action with the finest attributes of this demanding and specialised art.
He was born in 1945, in Farnborough, Kent and brought up around his father's riding school, where he developed his love of horses, and subsequently studied at Ravensbourne College of Art, where he specialised in sculpture.
After teaching 'A' Level students for five years in Dorset, his private commissions increased sufficiently to enable him to devote all his time to painting, and for two years he specialised in figure studies. After a series of jobs in the late sixties and early seventies, he turned freelance in 1973. In 1988, he moved to Somerset and started to produce some of his most successful work.
Since then his paintings have won numerous awards. From the Society of Equestrian Artists these include the Michael Stewart Award for Best Oil, the Messrs Fores Award for Best Sporting Picture, the Lyra UK Award for the Best Drawing, the Most Popular Picture, and the Horse & Hound Award for the Best Racing Picture. Every year from 1990 to 1993 he was decorated by the 'American Academy of Equine Artists' and in 1993 alone he received a trio of awards: 'Best Racing Picture', 'Best Sporting Picture' and 'Most Popular Picture'.
Regular exhibitions throughout the UK and USA, together with his acceptance into both the 'American Academy of Equine Art' and the 'Society of Equine Artists', have resulted in his work being collected around the world. His painting, 'The Prince of Wales Cup', featuring Prince Charles playing polo, was auctioned in Florida in aid of the Friends of Conservation charity for $29,000.
Charles Lane, writing for Horse & Hound, said: "Graham Isom's style is always changing, if almost imperceptibly, and a recent less-rigid delineation and softer use of colour now gives his paintings much more warmth than in the past, without detracting from a tremendous ability to paint horses in action." Description: All Prints are sale priced everyday! Professionally Frame any print from our dealer gallery starting at an additional $199 and receive free shipping! Click here to view the framing options.
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