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John Rattenbury Skeaping

20th Century English

English, 1901-1980

Considered one of the leading artists of the twentieth century, John Skeaping worked in a variety of mediums from oil and gouache to pastel and bronze. His subject matter included racing of all types, flat, fences, and trotting. He also painted and sculpted a variety of wild and domestic animals. He worked with a great economy of line and his work was very individual and full of action. He felt that self expression and individuality were an artist's strengths and that it was wrong to try and please the public. He believed that dramatic emphasis can only be accomplished by exaggeration and/or elimination. His work can be found in museums around the world. There is a large collection of work at Saratoga's National Racing Museum, and Mr. Paul Mellon (one of Skeaping's biggest patrons) donated a large collection of his work to the Virginia Museum in Richmond, Va. The Sporting Gallery has handled work by Skeaping for over 40 years and the gallery owners have collected his work privately for over 20 years.

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John Rattenbury Skeaping - Over the Hedge
Over the Hedge
John Rattenbury Skeaping - Trotter
John Rattenbury Skeaping - Exercising On the Strand
Exercising On the Strand
15" x 22"
Signed and dated 1974
John Rattenbury Skeaping - Take Him Down Easy
Take Him Down Easy
19" x 26"
Signed and dated 1969

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