20 Nov Uthopia portrait – Carl Hester’s Olympic 2012 winning stallion
STOP PRESS 12 DECEMBER 2016
This magnificent piece of fine art is now available to purchase as a framed limited edition, restricted to no more than 10 pieces with profits going to Carl and Matthew’s charities of choice; Midland Air Ambulance and World Horse Welfare.
World renowned fine art photographer Matthew Seed – The Horse Photographer – announces his latest photographic alchemy, an exquisite piece of art showcasing one of Britain’s most famous and much loved dressage personalities, Uthopia.
The exquisite piece of fine art pays homage to Uthopia the majestic London 2012 Team Gold Medalist whose future was famously secured to stay in Britain with Carl Hester in Gloucestershire by a generous and anonymous donor earlier this year. Uthopia, a KWPN stallion now 15 years old, was famously ridden by Carl Hester at London 2012 Olympics along with stablemate Valegro ridden by Charlotte Dujardin – they won team gold, the first ever gold for Britain in dressage on the 100th anniversary of the equestrian sport in the Olympics.
Among numerous honours the pair won team gold and two individual silvers at the 2011 European Championships. One of Matthew’s main inspirations is the English painter, George Stubbs, to whom he has often been referred to. ‘Painters such as Stubbs have the advantage of being able to interpret what they see and often paint in a beautiful light to highlight the horse’s powerful muscles and topline’ said Matthew, ‘By using flash and sculpting the light around the horse I am able to emulate this style of painting, typical of the Old Masters, such as Stubbs, and in doing so I have captured the essence of Uthopia.’ Sculpting light provides the authenticity that post production techniques, such as Photoshop, could never achieve, particularly when shooting outdoors.