Equestrian works—whether in painting and sculpture—have long been a favored subject by countless of artists.
The Horses of Saint Mark’s in Venice, for instance, were so well-regarded that Venetian soldiers of the Fourth Crusade stole them from their original place at the Hippodrome of Constantinople in the 13th century. Equestrian portraits were ranked highly in the hierarchy of genres, and is perhaps most famously typified by Jacque Louis-David’s “Napoleon Crossing the Alps.”
California-based Filipino artist Salvador Arellano has surveyed the nobility of equine and cockerel themes in an internationally-celebrated practice. His equestrian paintings are world famous, and he counts among his collectors prominent thoroughbred trainer D. Wayne Lukas and Hollywood celebrity Sylvester Stallone.
Indeed, the largest collection of Arellano paintings abroad belong to Dr. Madison Richardson, California Governor of the US Polo Association.
Arellano has done polo paintings for the Sultan of Brunei, and a commission for Dr. Armand Hammer was given as a special gift to Britain’s Prince Charles. Arellano has also exhibited extensively in Japan, Singapore and Australia.
The son of foremost architect Juan Arellano, Salvador Arellano has built an art practice worthy of his family’s artistic heritage.
In a rare event, on the occasion of the Year of the Rooster, Arellano will be exhibiting his artworks in the very special exhibition “Kings of the Field: The Equine and Cockerel Art of Salvador Arellano,” on display June 30-July 9, with an artist reception on July 4, 6:30 p.m., at the lobby of the 8 Rockwell Building in Makati’s Rockwell Center.–CONTRIBUTED
“Kings of the Field” is organized by Galerie Joaquin. Call 7239418.