The Art of Thomas Allen Pauly..."The Jockeys"

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Thomas Allen Pauly - "Derby Day" Art Exhibit

Thomas Allen Pauly Art Gallery 2010 Kentucky Derby Video on Vimeo.
Thomas Allen Pauly  Art Gallery 2010 Kentucky Derby Video on YouTube

What a great experience I had exhibiting at this year's Kentucky  Derby. It is an extremely rare opportunity for an equine artist to be  invited to have a one man art show at the historic Churchill Downs  Racetrack during the Kentucky Derby and Oaks. Except for the huge storms  that arrived on Derby day, I couldn't ask for anything better. The  gallery spaces was absolutely perfect and the management/sales teams  were incredible. It was great to see many of my longtime collectors as  well as meeting new ones.

My exhibits were located at  the 3 main gates, displaying 38 of my original oils, watercolors and  graphites.  I had the wonderful opportunity to have my oil painting of  "Derby Day" published as the "Official Commemorative Print of The  Kentucky Derby 136" along with numerous licensed Derby products.

But,  the highlight of the weekend was painting on location and discussing my  portfolio and painting style with collectors, racing fans and aspiring  artists. My portrait of "Zenyatta" was a crowd favorite, especially since  her rival Rachel Alexandra came in second in the La Trioienne Stakes  earlier on Oaks day.

Although I didn't get an  opportunity to shoot many of the undercard races, I did get to  photograph my 12th Derby/Oaks. This year, I had a team of 5 shooters  capturing many of the pivotal scenes of the 2010 Derby. My photos will  be published by GIA Marketing as licensed Derby/Oaks Winners Prints.

I  would like to thank The Game, Gloria Irwin and the team of Gia  Marketing for making this event an amazing success.  Also, a very  special thanks to Shawn Toth for assisting me with my artwork displays.

I'm  already making plans for my 2011 Derby art show....

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Kentucky Derby Features the Equine Art of Thomas Allen Pauly

LOUISVILLE, KY (April 29, 2010) --- I will have the great honor to present a one man art exhibit at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky during the 2010 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. The show will run April 30 - May 1 at several gallery locations throughout the grounds of historic Churchill Downs and at the Kentucky Derby Museum on May 2, 2010.

My exhibit will feature original oils, watercolors and graphites along with numerous official Kentucky Derby licensed art products. Among the highlights of the exhibition will be my commissioned portrait of this year's Kentucky Derby champion which will be published in a very limited Derby edition of 136 fine art prints.
Throughout the event, I will also have the opportunity to be painting the great champion
"Zenyatta" in Churchill's paddock and also at my main gallery
located near the walking ring.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Undercover Boss TV Show Features Equine Art of Thomas Allen Pauly

                                       "Arlington Park"
This Sunday, there is a very good chance that 8 of my paintings will appear in the hit reality series Undercover Boss.  Last summer, I received a phone call from Arlington Park and CBS requesting to use my artwork in numerous shooting locations. They will be featured in Arlington's board room and the Executive Suites. It was tons of fun taking part in the filming and it should help promote horse racing.

I hope everyone watches.

Stay tuned and get your VCR, Tivo, DVR ready.

Sunday March 14, 8pm CST

Here's a preview....Undercover Boss - Churchill Downs ... The COO of Churchill Downs Bill Carstenjen goes undercover at his own racetracks where he must face his fear of horses and is brought to tears after working for one employee.

To view preview:
 Undercover Boss

Saturday, February 27, 2010

"Shore Breeze" - 2009 Illinois Stallion of the Year

Shore Breeze's owner John F. Haran receives my oil painting
at Hawthorne Racecourse on February 21, 2010

Recently, I was commissioned by Illinois Racing News to portray "Shore Breeze", the 2009 Illinois Stallion of the Year. He is a 12 year old brown horse (Danzig - Sea Breeze, by Gulch) bred by Morven Stud, Ltd.  He stands at John F. Haran's Eagle Valley Farm North.

My painting of Shore Breeze portrays him as a 7 year old stallion.  Thank you to photographer Joy B. Gilbert, she gave me permission to use her photo as reference material (I usually do my own photography, but I had a very tight deadline).

I decided to paint on a 12" x 16" maple wood panel. Many years ago, I discovered a painting in a Ralph Lauren store, it was of a horse standing in a conformation pose. It was painted in the 20's and I loved how the wood grain showed through. I believe it portrays the stallion's fine conformation without any distractions. I think it came close to how I remember that painting to look and I plan on painting more of these types.

Here are a few "At the Easel" photos of the "Shore Breeze" oil painting process.




Monday, May 18, 2009

"Alexandra the Great - 2009 Preakness"

I have just begun another painting of the great Rachel Alexandra. My sketch layout portrays Rachel with her regular jockey Calvin Borel up. Calvin was the first jockey in history to jump off of a Derby winner to mount another horse in the Preakness. Rachel became the first filly to beat the boys since Nellie Morse accomplished it in 1924. The filly will be portrayed in watercolors on paper.
Please return tomorrow for painting progress.

As my teacher use to say:
Drawing is a series of adjustments.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Alexandra the Great"

At my Easel...
(Three views of my latest work)

This is my 11th year photographing the Oaks & Derby. Throughout the years, I usually use my reference material to portray the Derby champion but this year it will be the great Rachel Alexandra. Her performance in The Oaks was totally awesome. My oil painting, "Alexandra the Great", captures her destroying her six rivals by 20 lengths.

On to the Preakness, let's see what she could do to the boys...

"Alexandra the Great" by Thomas Allen Pauly, oil on panel, 12" x 28"

As my teacher use to say:
Drawing is a series of adjustments.