Out of the Blue
Pastel on board
44 x 32 inches
Jay Kirkman has been widely praised for his ability to produce equestrian subjects that provide an insight into the mood and character of the animal.
The horse is depicted standing in a grand stable, having recently been exercised. The saddle has been removed and only the bridle remains; the type of bridle that suits a headstrong horse and which sits awry on the nose following his exertions.
The wall is cracked with age and demonstrates the artist's skill in creating the subtle play of light and shadow over the surface. The room is lit but mysteriously quiet. The reins hang loose, not held by any groom and the horse is still alert and wound up; there is a sense of anticipation that the unseen rider might at any moment return.
The Blue Room contains a chalk white-frieze, which at first sight resembles a Wedgwood pattern, but is in fact derived from the Eadweard Muybridge series of action photographs. The movements also mirror the recent activities of the horse, who now brings a sense of new energy into the elegant but faded grandeur of his surroundings.