- Artist Jack Hilton
- Date 2021
- Size 40.5 x 53cm
- Materials Oil pastel on paper (mounted with a white frame)
The subject for this piece came from a fascination with George Stubbs, who painted several similar scenes in the 1760s. When I looked into it more, I realised Stubbs himself had drawn from an Ancient Roman sculpture that's still about today in Rome, which I also drew from. I wanted it to be referential to these earlier pieces but fresh and have the feel of taking place in a brutal, seedy gladiator's den. I love the flailing horse’s legs and the sense of it being so brutal but also playful.
About the Artist
Jack Hilton lives and works in Brighton. His narrative oil pastel works and energetic colour palette take their inspiration from literature, myth and history. Jack comes from a strong artistic heritage; his father is the abstract artist Bo Hilton and his grandparents were the acclaimed St. Ives artists Roger and Rose Hilton.