Horse power joins flower power at Chelsea 2014

Horse power joins flower power at Chelsea 2014

Edward Waites

'In Flanders Fields' artist makes charity pledge to Royal British Legion at Chelsea Flower Show

Internationally acclaimed animal sculptor, Edward Waites, will be sculpting a life size statue of a Classic winning racehorse at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014. His sculpture will be among a variety of artworks on display at the Gladwell & Patterson fine art stand at Chelsea Flower Show, which takes place from 20-24th May.

Visitors to Gladwell & Patterson stand SR44 will be able to meet and talk to the sculptor whilst he works on a clay mould ahead of casting a full bronze of Makfi, who won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in 2010 and now stands as a stallion at Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire. The horse is owned by the Qatari Royal Family.

Waites, who HM The Queen is a notable client, said about the piece, which will take two months to complete the initial clay structure, “After spending time with Makfi, I was inspired to sculpt him as he is a beautiful stallion with great presence. I loved his cheeky nature combined with his handsome head and wide jaw. I am hoping to capture all these aspects of him to truly bring his character out in my sculpture. Exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower show is a great opportunity for me to demonstrate the art of sculpture and how these big bronzes are created”.

In honour of the World War 1 centenary, the Beauchamp Place based fine art gallery is also displaying a still life, entitled ‘In Flanders Fields’ by leading realist artist Paul S. Brown. The oil on canvas painting features the emblematic poppies synonymous with Flanders and is a stirring composition commemorating the human spirit's fortitude and bravery. Therefore, it is apt that the artist and the Beauchamp Place fine art gallery will be donating 20% from the proceeds of a sale to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

On choosing to donate to the Royal British Legion, the artist said; “Discovering the Année Victoire label on the bottle of Mouton Rothschild 1945 around the time of a friend’s grandfather’s recent passing was the inspiration. My friend lent me his grandfather‘s trunk and 11th Airborne Division patch from the Pacific theatre as well as his great grandfather’s dog tags and cavalry spurs from the First World War.

“I have met people and have friends who have been affected by loss during the World Wars as well as in subsequent wars and conflicts. Gladwell & Patterson and I wanted to support the Poppy Appeal and the fantastic work of the RBL and it’s a natural move to make a donation off the back of a sale of the painting”.

Gladwell & Patterson, who are attending Chelsea for their seventh year, will be featuring a collection of paintings chosen specifically to appeal not only to garden lovers but also with a strong focus on still life works by Willem Dolphyn and Stewart Lees, British landscapes by Martin Taylor and stunning floral work by Pieter Wagemans.

Gladwell & Patterson will be at stand SR10 and SR44 at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014. Click here for more information on Gladwell & Patterson at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and to view paintings.

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