The Three Horses of an Art Apocalypse

I put these three horse mannequins out of paint-splatter reach in the studio at Higham Hall, only for them to conjure up images of the horses of the apocalypse as I looked up at them.

There would, strictly speaking*, need to be four for it to be apocalyptic — a white, red, black, and pale symbolizing pestilence, war, famine, and death — but it still got me wondering what the three horses of an art apocalypse would be. I ended up with perspective, tone, and colour riding on an Palomino, Appaloosa and a Brindle.

What would yours be?

(* Revelations 6:2–8)

7 Replies to “The Three Horses of an Art Apocalypse”

  1. I think I will choose a brindle, a black one and a white one…but it’s tail will be dyed a diamond (brilliant) blue…

  2. I’d like to add ‘texture’ riding a blonde Belgian heavy horse. They have beautiful eyelashes.

  3. Hm. The Four Riders of the Apocalypse. Riders on white, red, black and pale horses symbolizing pestilence, war, famine, and death. Gosh, I think these four would serve! But, if you want to stick with art: Poor Drawing (on a grey horse), Lack of Design Skills (on a piebald horse), Lack of Understanding of Materials (on a horse that is rotting away) and Lack of Understanding Color Harmony (on a crazy quilt horse.)

    1. Yes I’d rather stick with art … though I suppose death could come from poisonous pigments, famine from economic downturn which hits art sales, a war of words with a critic, but haven’t thought of pestilence yet.

  4. indubitably the american paint horse, allencompassing. the clydesdale, work horse, although associated with too many budweiser beer commercials. the pegasus, winged to achieve the rising above. and the fourth, the unicorn, highly desirable, yet difficult to find or obtain.

    1. I like your choices Christopher! Pegasus I know as a god/muse of poetry, and unicorn is the national animal of Scotland

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