I am a sculptor and artist who specialises in equestrian, wildlife and sporting subjects, living in North Wiltshire.
Having taken Art ‘A’ level, I studied at Bath Academy of Art where I took the Foundation course, followed by 3 years in Italy, where I studied at one of the most influential ateliers in Florence under Signorina Nerina Simi, whose father Filadelfo Simi taught and nurtured the young Annigoni.
Daily life and portrait studies encouraged an understanding of the underlying structure of the human form. This training is something I try to incorporate in my work, where I seek to interpret excitement and appreciation of beauty through an understanding of form, the tension of muscle and sinew, the play of light and shade – ‘Chiaroscuro’ – and a feeling of balance in the composition.
Having been brought up with horses, which included helping my parents on their small stud farm breeding horses for racing, and competing in eventing to advanced level and show-jumping to Foxhunter level as a teenager, I am naturally drawn to the equine model.
I have exhibited widely in London, the Cotswolds and regions, including at the Society of Equestrian Artists in London, Newmarket and Newark. I have undertaken a wide and varied range of commissions, including equestrian portraiture in oil and sculpture in bronze. I also sculpt wildlife and enjoy painting landscape in oil. I regularly sketch the cross-country fences for Badminton Horse Trials, which are printed in the programme and published on the web-site.
Membership and Achievements
2007 – Winner of the Graham North Prize for the best Hunting painting at the Society of Equestrian Artists Summer exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London
2012 – Invited to become an Associate Member of the Society of Equestrian Artists
2018 – Short-listed to sculpt a 1/2 life-size bronze of Valegro, the British gold medal winning Dressage horse in 2012 and 2016.
Biography: Caroline Bromley-Gardner