View a selection of commissioned portraits and personal studies in the gallery of horse paintings, to see the creative and intricate life-like style of painting in full colour, with enlargements to view the attention to detail.
||About the Artist
Andy Hunt has worked as a professional artist for over 25 years. Based in the Southdowns National Park, West Sussex, UK (close to Hampshire). His specialisation is in Equestrian Portraiture, commissioned from throughout the UK and abroad.
Whether you require Andy Hunt to visit your horse(s) to make studies for a painting, or have photographs of your own that may prove suitable for the basis of a painting, you can rest assured the artist will ensure the end result is a painting to be proud of.
Andy Hunt’s Equestrian Blog
This blog is my personal take on all things Equestrian & Fine Art. Also, it's a good place to keep up to date with my latest work, both private commissions and personal studies.
Irish Draught, with dogs
Eric the Irish Draught, Holly the Labrador and Nelson the Border Terrier are all part of the scene at John and his family's farmhouse in West Sussex. The trio, despite being very different in size make for a great group painting.
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“... Needless to say you captured Eric perfectly. Nelson being the smallest and scruffiest was portrayed accordingly, but it was your work on Holly which was inspired. You managed to make her look younger without taking away her matriarchal status.”
Nick may not have the classic long mane of the Lusitano, but this doesn't make him any less special. The owner commissioned the portrait before emmigrating, and Nick going into retirement. View painting >>
“Thanks so much for the wonderful painting. I'd searched the web for an artist and was lucky to find you because I couldn't be happier with the result.”
Speckled with snowflake colouration: quite appropriate as my visit to study Buddy was in the winter snow. Buddy is an Apaloosa /draft cross and has really lovely markings and LOTS of character! View painting >>
"I was amazed at how Andy managed to capture the essence of Buddy in this portrait. This couldn't have been achieved without the time he spent with Buddy on a cold January morning in the snow, or without his superb attention to detail"
Yes I know - it's a dog!
And a very lovely dog too - a rat terrier in fact. Having placed an example painting of an English pointer on my gallery page, it wasn't long because this new commission came along. My first from California too.
I've endeavoured to present Bowser in classic styling - take a look at the dedicated page to see what you think: View painting >>
“Not only has Andy captured Bowser's likeness... It has done nothing less than astonish everyone we've shown it to”
Ex-race horse - Nyala
As an ex-race horse, Nyala was always going to be a good-looker, and it was fortunate therefore that my client had some really clear photos before finally losing her to illness. I was able to use these as good reference to produce the painting.
“The painting is fantastic!
My wife cried as soon as she unwrapped it.... The loss is still a bit raw at the moment, but she loves it and can’t stop looking at it.”
Horse art has now taken on a whole new meaning - Justin doesn't paint horses, but he is a horse! Have you seen the video clip on the BBC news yet? Fantastic! Not sure that he'll ever rival George Stubbs as an equestrian artist, but then he's only 15 years old.
He now even has his own website
Don’t leave it too late!
I've just completed a horse portrait for a client's Christmas present to his wife. Shame I can't show it until after Christmas. If you're considering a painting as a present for Christmas - to avoid disappointment, please don't leave it too long!
Just in time
It's good to be able to say 'yes'.
A lady called me recently to ask if I could produce an urgent painting of her sister's horse, for a birthday in a fortnight's time. It could so easily have been impossible, but at the time she called, my workflow was not too pressured, so we agreed.
I'm really not used to producing paintings under the pressure of a tight deadline. A birthday is a birthday - the present is either on time or it's late, and the latter wasn't an option.
However, she was able to supply me with a good range of clear, sharp photographs (a good looking bay with distinctive blaze marking) and after some discussion on adjusting some features, such as pointing the ears into a relaxed forward position, we were all set.
I am pleased to say that all has gone very well, the painting safely delivered in good time and another happy customer.
“The painting is just beautiful - I don't know what else to say - apart from thank you so much - this really is going to be the most perfect present."
Painting a horse that has deceased
I recently produced a painting of a horse that had sadly died. The owner was able to provide me with a small selection of snap shot photos. One had the right angle of head and body, but the colour and shadow was bad and was wearing a bridle which wasn’t wanted in the painting.
I needed to use the other photos as reference to ‘fill in’ all the missing information and the resulting painting turned out a real success.
The client was really happy with the result:
“I commissioned a painting of my late horse Blue, having been offered to have a painting done by a friend, when he died 3 years ago.
I wasn't ready at the time, but having waited, I am so happy that I chose Andy to do the painting. Even from just a few choice photographs, he has done Blue justice and has caught him perfectly. Its nice to have him around again.
Thank you so much Andy, it really is perfect."
Creating strong compositions in a painting
I really enjoy putting lots of work into the initial composition of a painting. The golden rule of placing key elements of a painting along the horizontal and vertical thirds is there to be challenged!
I equally enjoy paring the elements of the subject matter down to the bare essentials, so the painting is about more than just the subject itself.
With this in mind, I am starting on a study that combines 2 different horses from photographic reference I made at Hickstead.
The intention is to crop & compose them in a way to emphasize the curved lines of their backs and necks, so they almost interact, creating a secondary abstract composition. I'll keep you posted on how it progresses.