A New Dimension of Secretariat

Secretariat is more than a perfect horse.

Like what Penny Chenery, the owner of Secretariat as well as the first lady of horseracing said, God just put everything right in him when creating him.

I guess I must have a predestinated relationship with Secretariat. It all started from a book “Secretariat” by Raymond G. Woolfe Jr. By chance, I grabbed this last- stock -book which displayed on the bookshelf of a bookshop I visited in 2011. Since then I has become the fans of Secretariat. More important Secretariat has become one of my main subjects in my horse paintings.

Penny Chenery, owner and breeder of Secretariat.

In the eyes of mine, in term of Secretariat’s physical appearance: his eyes, his thick cheeks, his muscular arched neck, his wide breast, his deep girth…all are perfectly and beautifully assembled together; In term of inward character: his intelligence, his manner of a king and his carriage of a superstar…all are important to make him the ‘Secretariat’ that what we see; In term of strength: his 22 pound-heart, his 110 degree-stride angle, his accelerating power…all are crucial to make him a tremendous machine in horseracing.

As a master of horse painting for 25 years, I know that a direct reproduction of the image of Secretariat through a manner of realistic painting will be never enough to capture the real spirit of Secretariat.

As a master of horse painting for 25 years, I know that a direct reproduction of the image of Secretariat through a manner of realistic painting will be never enough to capture the real spirit of Secretariat.

As a master of horse painting for 25 years, I know that a direct reproduction of the image of Secretariat through a manner of realistic painting will be never enough to capture the real spirit of Secretariat. And I also know that a single or just a few paintings will be never enough to narrate the complete and entire legacy of Secretariat.

Take The Lead, Over The Top 96.5 x 178cm

Take The Lead, Over The Top 96.5 x 178cm

Stride of Century 124 x 248cm

Stride of Century 124 x 248cm

Therefore, I apply my sentimental brushstrokes in Secretariat paintings. The brush touches come from my soul. And my soul comes from Secretariat. I have been observing and observing him (Youtubes, images, photos and movie.). In other words, Secretariat has rooted in my heart. I clearly understand that it will end up as a replica and soulless image if an artist has only managed to paint him by copying from its photo.

I study about Secretariat even during having my lunch.

I study about Secretariat even during having my lunch.

I have been observing and observing Secretariat

I have been observing and observing Secretariat

I share Secretariat with my family, too.

I share Secretariat with my family, too. This photo shows that I am teaching my lovely daughter how to draw Secretariat. I tell her Secretariat is always the superhorse in my heart. “What about me? Dad,” my daughter starts to envy. Ha! Ha!

As a matter of fact, the genuine photographs of Secretariat are very limitedly left behind with us nowadays. While most artists have no choice but to copy the photos for their artworks, I insist to recreate the real postures, angles, scenes, interpretation and embodiment of Secretariat through my artist instinct and of course the my destiny bound to Secretariat.

As a matter of fact, the genuine photographs of Secretariat are very limitedly left behind with us nowadays.

As a matter of fact, the genuine photographs of Secretariat are very limitedly left behind with us nowadays.

In order to interpret the legacy of Secretariat, my Secretariat painting will come with a long series. You will see a new dimension that you never seen before.

Yes, I am committed to bring a new dimension of Secretariat.

My dear fans of Secretariat, the trumpet has already sounded!

 

Best regards,

James Phua

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