SEA THE STARS ARC - Original Painting by Peter Smith
Sea The Stars, Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe
by Peter Smith
Canvas size: 36" x 24"
Original oil on canvas
This canvas is hand signed on the reverse side by Sea The Stars' Jockey Mick Kinane and Trainer John Oxx
Sea The Stars the Dual English 2000 Guineas and Derby Winner, is now the best Racehorse in at least 20 years or even the last 30. The win in the Coral Eclipse at Sandown in July made him the first horse in 20 years to win a remarkable racing treble and also promoted him to the "best horse in the world for 2009". He now merits a World Thoroughbred Ranking of 131 and will improve on that.
The August victory in the Juddmonte International at York broke the course record in a four runner race. During September he shocked John Oxx (his trainer) by adapting to "yielding" ground conditions at Leopardstown to win the Irish Champion Stakes. In October Sea the Stars was immortalised with the legends of flat racing when using all of his class to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe after a less than easy trip around Longchamp.
Peter Smith was born in Lanarkshire in 1949. He feels that his artistic talents stem from his grandfather, who hailed from Portugal and who painted for most of his life. Smith's early interest in painting and art was matched by a passion for horses, so that as a child he always aspired to being an equestrian artist and his first drawing was of a horse.
He attended the Carlisle and Glasgow Art School and acknowledges that he admires a broad spectrum of artists, taking his inspiration from such diverse masters as Degas and Munnings.
Peter now lives near Ayr, where the open landscape creates a perfect atmosphere in which to find his inspiration.
Peter Smith's original works and limited edition publications are much sought after and his artwork graces art collections worldwide.