Horse Artist - Four Decades
creating artworks of the horse.

Life size clay sculpture in progress, by Patricia Crane
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The work of a horse artist is considered part of a genre, respected only in modern times but prevalent throughout history. From early cave paintings, the forming of early house hold tools, burial tombs and ritual artifacts as well as early jewelry, horses and artwork have traveled side by side through the centuries along with the joined histories of this wonderful creature with humans.

As the centuries passed, the work of each horse artist became more sophisticated along with the depiction of the form of the animal, moving from abstraction to realism, to a time when many artistic styles were and are readily available. The one thing constant in the creation of this genre has been the feeling that motivated the artist, artisans and crafts people.

Not until the middle of the eighteen hundreds, relatively recent in the course of history, has the genre of depicting the horse become accepted in the circles of fine art. Prior to this century and even well into the century, famous artists whose imagination was captured by this animal, and for whom the expression of this feeling naturally found its way into their work, were called "horse artists" and the term was meant to be rather demeaning.

However as the trend continued, and indeed some hugely talented artists who were also credited by the world as being vastly talented, did paint and sculpt the equine as a subject, the opinion of the critics and collectors shifted to accommodate what was unstoppable anyway and such  expression became more widely accepted as worthy of the time of the serious artist.

In truth, from the days of Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance, famous artists were well-depicting various steeds in their life-time body of work.  Degas, Reubens, Gerricault, Toulouse-Lautrec and so very many of the world's most famous, contributed to the ongoing trend, long before such a term came into usage. The sculptors did their part too, as most kings and any depiction of war included horses, not to mention the beginning of racing and sporting artwork that was the real point at which such a subject became popular, if not yet highly rated.

By the time Patricia Crane was born, it was ok to draw, paint, and sculpt the equine as a focus of a career in the arts and almost everyone was verbally admitting that the motivation of all the centuries of human artists whose imaginations were captured by this incredible animal, was in the end result understandable, since all along it was the very spirit of this creature, the essence of aliveness, grace, power and beauty that had always caused the outpouring of expression by each artist in all of the many types of artwork and forms they practiced and through which they expressed their own spirit. The once mostly unspoken, but always felt, age old partnership between men and horses flourished  and the value of the horse artist formed a niche - a genre that continues.

A few examples of artworks of Patricia Crane, which have spanned forty years or so to date, are offered below with links to the appropriate areas of this website:

Examples from the work of this Horse Artist :

Thoroughbred and Sporthorse by horse artist Patricia Crane.
Sporting  Art
The Sporting genre deals with the
Thoroughbred and the warmblood in
hunting, jumping, racing, etc.

 Spooked - a mustang in motion. Bronze by horse artist Patricia Crane.
Western Horse Art
The Mustangs and cowhorses of the American West have long inspired a niche all their own. This mustang is shying from two quail.
Saddlebred Sculpture by horse artist, Patricia Crane.
Saddlebred Horse Art
The form and speed of the Saddlebred is of great beauty, speed and elegance.

 Compositional Sculpture by a horse artist- a grouping of horses 4 feet across.
Compositional Sculpture - Individuals at ease; two broodmares and a stallion.
Bronze has been the medium of choice
for sculptors through the ages and holds
a special alivenesss very nicely.
Life size bronze portrait in front of Saddlebred Museum
Monumental Sculpture for Museum.
The stallion Supreme Sultan is buried
beneath his bronze portrait which stands at the front doors of the Saddlebred Museum.
Life size bronze for museum.
Life Size Bronze for
Kentucky Horse Park:

Steps explained,  in the
creation of a bronze; for
the International Museum
Arabians in resin.
Arabian Horse Art
The grace and beauty of the
Arabian, makes a perfect subject!
Patricia Crane - horse artist Porcelains. Photo by Mike Davis
Porcelain Horses
Porcelain is yet another material with
a long history, that also lends itself to sculpting. The form of Raku, in the porcelain area of the site, is a rare form of ceramics!

Resin Horses -Mare and foal  set by horse artist Patricia Crane
Resin Horses
Resin is a very modern  material and there are several resins to view in this site section.

Mare and foal original Lithograph, a signed print by artist Patricia Crane
Lithograph and Prints
Lithography is a respected method of
producing of high quality prints. The
litho shown is of rare value to the collectors
of Crane's work.
  54mm Set- Ribbon winner, rider and groom with trophy.
Miniature Sculpture
Miniature toy soldiers have
been a favorite of collectors for years.
Only 3 and a half inches tall, this
set portrays a show ring victory pass.
Supreme Sultan, a portrait pastel  sketch by artist Patricia Crane
Supreme Sultan Pastels
The  medium of Pastel
was used by a horse artist
as long ago as the days of
Degas. A few commissioned
pastel portraits are shown on
the stallion, Supreme Sultan's page.

To discuss a commission in bronze, a true to life sculpture-portrait by sculptor Patricia Crane, email Patricia.

© All Photos and Sculpture Copyright 2000 - 2017, Patricia Crane.