York's new Frost & Reed fine art gallery showcases amazing talents
of contemporary sporting artists Heather St. Clair Davis, Peter
Smith and Booth Malone
New York, NY Jan 20th - Two contemporary British equestrian artists,
Heather St. Clair Davis and Peter Smith, and a celebrated American
sporting artist, Booth Malone, are the subject of spring shows
at the new Frost & Reed fine art gallery on New York's Upper
East Side. The exhibitions are timed to coincide with thoroughbred
racing's popular "Triple Crown," which includes one
event at New York's Belmont race track, in June.
Frost & Reed has a long relationship as sole agent for Peter
Smith and was the exclusive representative of the late Heather
St. Clair Davis. They are delighted to also have new works by
American Booth Malone to share with their many New York clients.
It is only a few months since the well known King Street gallery,
established in 1808, opened at 21 East 67 Street in Manhattan.
Although half of its business has been with Americans for decades,
many familiar with Frost & Reed from visits to London or the
numerous US art fairs where it has exhibited, in fact the firm
began making annual tours of America in 1884, when Walter Frost
traveled across the US with 20 trunks of art.
Today, Frost & Reed is well known for exhibiting fine Impressionist
and Post Impressionist and 20th century European art, as well
as for being a respected specialist in classic and contemporary
equestrian and sporting art.
Frost & Reed had a long relationship with British painter
Heather St Clair Davis (1937-1999). This is the first show of
her works in Saratoga Springs since her death 4 years ago.
Shown above is "Evening After the Rain" 16 X 20.
to managing director Tony Nevill, "For nearly a quarter century
Frost & Reed has been a featured exhibitor at the annual racing
event in Saratoga Springs, and we have also shown significant
works of art in Radnor and at Churchill Downs."
"We are great supporters of a number of contemporary equestrian
artists, and have helped to develop the careers of some of the
most talented, including Heather St. Clair Davis, (1937-1999)
who's been called a worthy successor to someone I knew and admired,
Sir Alfred Munnings, one of the great painters of his time."
HEATHER ST. CLAIR DAVIS
From April 9 to May 24 Frost & Reed in New York will have
on view a beautiful array of works by Davis, who not only was
one of the most gifted and original artists of her era, but a
horsewoman of international renown.
"Heather was one of my favorites," Nevill adds. "She
had tremendous spirit and a great sense of adventure. She nearly
drowned on an Atlantic voyage with her baby strapped to her chest,
then lived for years on an isolated Vermont farm without electricity
or water, raising three children virtually on her own, and went
on to achievement both as a horsewoman and a gifted painter."
Frost & Reed held its first Davis exhibition in London in
1989, of landscape and sporting works she created at their urging
in her native Gloucestershire, after 30 years away, where Nevill
says, "She found exactly the light and landscape she had
been trying to recreate in Vermont."
"Now Davis's paintings of hunting scenes, race horses exercising,
the excitement of steeplechasing or racing on the flat are as
sought-after as her pictures of horses after a morning ride or
quietly grazing in a sweeping landscape. Her work was inspired
and original and for every painting she had a great story to tell."
Davis died in 1999 and the headstone she designed simply says,
Frost & Reed has represented contemporary Scottish painter
Peter Smith (b. 1949) since 1983, and has many keen collectors
of the artists' works among its American and British clientele.
He is a perennial favorite at Frost & Reed's annual shows
in Saratoga Springs and was a great success when shown in London
recently. From June 4 through July 5 the new Frost & Reed
Gallery in New York will show works by both Peter Smith and Booth
Nevill says, "Peter Smith's childhood love of horses led
to his aspirations to become an equestrian artist of note. He
says the superb draughtsmanship and natural understanding of how
to use paint, color and light of masters including Munnings and
Van Gogh provided impetus to his studies at the Carlisle and Glasgow
Art School. What I love about this new collection of Peter's works
is his underlining ability to convey the power and beauty of the
thoroughbred, the speed and excitement of horses running, and
the magical light over the West coast of Scotland. There is a
palpable intensity to his paintings."
For some time Peter Smith has made his home within five miles
of the famed Ayr Racecourse, where the open landscape creates
a perfect atmosphere in which to find his inspiration. His models
are horses from two local stables; he sets his paintings on the
racecourse, in the paddock, over the gallops and on the vast sandy
beaches where the trainers exercise their thoroughbreds. He paints
both flat racing and steeplechasing, making sketches at Aintree,
Newmarket and a number of other British racecourses.
"We expect to see many avid collectors of Peter Smith's works
at our New York gallery."
& Reed fine art dealers is offering contemporary American
equine artist BOOTH MALONE's portrait of Triple Crown contender,
jockey JOSE SANTOS at an exhibition scheduled at its New
York gallery at 21 East 67 Street in June and at Saratoga
Springs in August.
212 717 2201
The sporting art of American Booth Malone (b. 1952) has captured
the attention of collectors on several continents. Malone's
highly original view and unusual approach to equine art came
after a successful career as a portrait artist.
Nevill says, "Booth Malone has a remarkable talent for
capturing the animation in a fleeting moment or a defining
expression which is unique to that subject. His ability to
capture a likeness and portray the empathy between horse and
rider make him one of the foremost equestrian artists today."
Malone draws on all equestrian sports, not only racing, but
also hunting, polo and three-day eventing, attending the meets
to paint his subjects at first hand.
The United States Equestrian Team recently commissioned Malone
to create a series of paintings depicting action specific
to each of the Team's seven disciplines.
Nevill says that what sets Malone apart from other contemporary
artists "Is his quickness in spotting a really strong
image when it occurs. He expertly conveys the mood of the
horse as well as the atmosphere."
Malone is an award-winning member of The American Academy
of Equine Art.
"Our clients say Malone depicts the athleticism of a
mount in an irresistible way. We are delighted to be able
to show him at our new gallery in New York.
If You Go
HEATHER ST. CLAIR DAVIS April 9 - May 24
SMITH and BOOTH MALONE June 4 - July 5
& REED fine art gallery
21 East 67 Street New York, New York 10021
212 717 2201
Penny Zygmant www.frostandreed.co.uk
Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 - 6