As an integral part of British culture, the horse has been studied by great artists across history, from prehistoric cave paintings in Lascaux to Sir Frances Leggatt Chantrey’s statue of George V on Horseback in Trafalgar Square. Wager’s own dynamic contemporary interpretation draws on centuries of Art History and a lifelong passion for horses, seeking to examine and explore mankind’s continued relationship to the majestic animal in modern times.
Wager practiced Fine Art and Foundry at Cheltenham School of Fine Art, developing a creative style comparable to the 19th Century French movement ‘Les Animaliers.’ Speaking of her striking work Wager has described it as an “interpretation of this fascinating period. I search for a basic realism and expressive element within my composition of this much loved and revered animal.” Wager’s knowledge and deep understanding of mood, temperament and anatomy combine to expose the majestic splendour of the horse.
Working with the finest bronze and oils, Wager’s exquisite representations catch movement and character in an emotive, reactive style. Throughout her studies, Wager depicts an essence of power, elegance and tenderness with bold lines and curves offering a modern outlook on the horse’s place as companion in today’s society.
Grace and Danger: Artworks by Julia Wager provides a discerning insight into the action, form and character of one of mankind’s closest and most noble companions. Proud Country House will exhibit its first creative exhibition, drawing on an established history with horses, riders and huntsmen within the grounds. The exhibition will feature artwork across multiple disciplines, from sculpture, painting and drawing, showcasing the powerful and moving relationship between man and horse.