Katie O’Sullivan Portrait with nineteen of his famous descendants.
Katie 0’Sullivan has been working for 18 hours a day to complete this portrait of thoroughbred stallion Northern Dancer, surrounded by portraits of his progeny, all champions. Northern Dancer (1961-1990) Canadian bred, was (arguably) the most successful stallion of the 20th century, .
Names of these stallions are written on trompe l’oeil stickers, including Galileo, Nijinsky, Frankel, Nureyev (full list available) . The painting, a celebration of racing history, is part of her exhibition (6-28 November 2019 Osborne Studio Gallery). Could stand alone as a remarkable piece of equestrian art. In Katie’s words these horses are all ‘extraordinary and influential.’
Katie’s collectors include the Lloyd Webbers, Derbys, Roxburghes, Bamfords, HRH Prince Philip.