This drawing won 3rd in Section for Drawings at the 2018 Calgary Stampede Western Showcase.
Almost every year since I began drawing I have entered a piece or two in a local open exhibition hosted by one of the world’s largest festivals, the famous western-themed Calgary Stampede. I felt a little odd having never entered anything strictly “western”, so I found a great shot of this horse looking at us with a slightly sideways glance. At first I just wanted to try this vignette effect having the subject fade into the background, but as with many projects, it evolved as I planned things out.
I enjoy hyperrealism, so in this case I superimposed the image of wild horses stampeding across the horse’s face, however contained within the confines of the bridle. This made me think in general of how we tame and treat the wild animals around us, which is often a topic of controversy, especially at the Stampede with respect to the rodeo and chuckwagon races. This piece was not intended as a statement on that either way, but rather just to have fun hiding some imagery that not everyone will notice, but might stir some thought once those wild horses are spotted.
· 16″x20″ fine art print bundled with acid-free archival materials ·
· Brilliantly shines on award-winning Photo Rag® Metallic Paper ·
· 340 gsm · 100% cotton · high-gloss metallic finish ·
· Printed at western Canada’s only Hahnemühle-certified print shop ·