Biography

 

Equine Artist

Elizabeth Armstrong


I graduated from Goldsmiths Art College with a degree in painting, textiles and embroidery. Following a desire to travel and to explore other countries I lived in Spain for ten years. During this time I worked as a portrait artist on the Costa Brava, where I acquired a fine reputation for pastel and pencil sketches. Travelling also gave me the opportunity to study and embrace the many different cultures and surroundings which are apparent in my work today. As a working artist I constantly keep in touch with my role models, Beckmann, Caravaggio,  El Greco, Van Gogh, John Skeaping, Jackson Pollock and Tracey Emin.

My creations of the horse in all facets have resulted in exhibitions at Lauderdale House in Highgate, commencing in 2004. During 2005 I was commissioned to design the front cover of the Newmarket Shadwell Stud brochure. Through 2006 I was invited to show my work at Dubai World Cup which was an amazing opportunity.

I have had an association with Newbury from 2009 and am delighted to be the artist who reproduces a new piece of art displaying the Hennessy Gold Cup winner each year. These are displayed on the course within the Champagne Bar for all to enjoy.

From 2007 to 2010 my work has been exhibited at Royal Ascot Racecourse on a number of occasions. I have also shown work at a number of Polo venues including Guards at Windsor Great Park and Tidworth.

The Walters Family, owners of Ffos Las, the UK’s newest racecourse purchased a large collection of my work to compliment the unique design and decoration of this wonderful   racing venue in South Wales. I was also commissioned to produce a piece of work capturing the history of the first racing meeting which was a wonderful honour.

In the summer of 2010 I completed a number of paintings for Fontwell Park in West Sussex for the new grandstand.   This included a showpiece depicting the figure of eight track and some of the historic horses and people past and present associated with this unique venue.

During 2011 I have continued to take commission work from owners, trainers and jockeys alike. Annabel Waley-Cohen asked me to produce a painting for her husband Sam, winning an amazing Cheltenham Gold Cup on Long Run in a truly amazing finish. I was also commissioned to paint David Pipe’s wonderful grey Grand’s Crus for owner Roger Stanley.

With 2012 being the London Olympic year, I am proud to have had an exhibition of my work throughout the games in Greenwich at the Ben Oakley Gallery showing my latest contemporary equine work based around the equine events.

Also in 2012 as resident artist at Royal Windsor Racecourse I was lucky enough to witness ‘Richard Hughes Super 7′ winners in one evening.  Following this, I was commissioned to create a painting of commemoration of this fantastic achievement. This was presented in just 7 days to Richard and the course has this in proud place as you enter the course. I also am pleased to be a regular exhibitor thereat this wonderful flat track through the summer time.

With the redevelopment of Newbury racecourse in 2014 I have produced a number of watercolour and mixed media artworks for the executive housing development on the course. This work was commissioned to me from David Wilson Homes.

In 2015 following the buildings of a wonderful new stand at Cheltenham racecourse the home of national hunt racing I worked with the course team to produce a series of 24 drawings for display in this impressive new stand. These will also be further editions of my work added here over the 2015/16 session.

As a fitting tribute to our 20 times champion jump jockey A P McCoy I created ‘Proud Moments’. This mixed media work displays the 7 favourite rides of this amazing jockey of a lifetime. I am delighted to have provided the artwork for the Injured Jockey Fund to produce some greetings cards showing my work with all processed going to this most worthwhile cause.

Please take some time to view my work and I hope it will make a lasting impression and that it may stimulate the hearts of horse lovers and art collectors everywhere.