Imagine careening down the track on a half-ton of horseflesh doing 40 MPH. Think of the jockey balancing himself motionlessly on top of his mount with no safety net. Visualize the bright colors of the jockeys’ silks, the flare of the horses’ nostrils, the excitement of horseracing. Some would consider the world of thoroughbred horseracing as an art form and the riders who guide their mounts as artists.
I am a former jockey-turned artist and many of my fans thought many of my riding feats were works of art. Now my art takes a more traditional form. Instead of riding horses, I paint them. I also paint just about everything else from wildlife, to birds, to chickens.
As a jockey, I’ve experienced the banging of the starting gate doors closing. I felt the horse under me anticipating the ringing of the bell and leaving there like a scalded cat when the gates burst open. I’ve heard the noise of the horses’ hooves and their strained breathing, the jockeys hollering, and the wind blowing through the rigging of my helmet. I’ve felt the horse’s mane whipping across my face and the dirt clumps pelting me like a hailstorm. A few times I’ve ever felt the sting of another jockey’s badly aimed whip. On top of all this, there is an adrenaline rush that just doesn’t stop. This is the unique perspective that I try to bring to my art. Many of my pieces either focus on the jockey or have a jockey’s point of view.
Because of my background in horseracing and my knowledge of horse anatomy my paintings are accurately depicted. My medium is oil on canvas of all different sizes. I’ve taken a few private lessons to learn about color mixing and values but for all practical purposes, I’m self-taught. Realism is the style I use for the most part but I’ve dabbled in impressionism also. I not only capture the grace and beauty of my subjects, but also the raw power and energy that equine athletes exude. My dramatic use of color, light, and shadow display the excitement of horseracing at its very best.
Tom Chapman In Living Color Rooster Painting This is a beautiful 12″ x 12″ oil painting by a well-known San Francisco artist, Tom Chapman. The title is In Living Color and features a colorful rooster. This item has SOLD. About the Artist Tom Chapman I am a former jockey-turned artist
Tom Chapman Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby Horse Racing Ltd Ed Print This is a limited edition print of Kentucky Derby horse racing. It is by artist and former jockey Tom Chapman an is titled Woodford Reserve. Artist: Tom Chapman (Artist and former jockey) Title: Woodford Reserve Size: 20″ tall x
Justify Wins Belmont and Triple Crown Race Horse Giclee Print Tom Chapman This is a limited edition print by California artist Tom Chapman. It features the racehorse Justify winning Belmont and Triple Crown. Artist: Tom Chapman (Artist and former jockey) Title: Justify Wins The Belmont and Triple Crown Size: 18″ tall
American Pharoah Original Oil Painting By Tom Chapman 30×24 This item has SOLD. American Pharoah was the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed did it 37 years before in 1978. He came right back after winning the Belmont and dusted the field in the Haskell Stakes at
Hot Afternoon in Texas Original Bull Oil Painting By Tom Chapman This is an original Oil Painting on Canvas By Tom Chapman. It features a longhorn bull laying down and is titled Hot Afternoon in Texas. Artist: Tom Chapman (Artist and former jockey) Title: Hot Afternoon in Texas Size: 20″ tall
American Pharoah Haskell Stakes Original Horse Oil Painting By Tom Chapman American Pharoah was the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed did it 37 years before in 1978. He came right back after winning the Belmont and dusted the field in the Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park
All Dressed Up No Place to Go Horseracing Framed Giclee Print Tom Chapman This is a limited edition framed print titled All Dressed Up No Place to Go. It features horseraces and is by California artist Tom Chapman. This is a close-cropped view of the horses as they are turning
American Pharoah Haskell Stakes Horseracing Giclee Print By Tom Chapman American Pharoah was the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed did it 37 years before in 1978. He came right back after winning the Belmont and dusted the field in the Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park in
California Chrome Santa Anita Horseracing Giclee Print By Tom Chapman “I did a painting of KY Derby winner, California Chrome, right after he won the Santa Anita Derby. I had been following him for a couple races and jumped on his bandwagon right before this race. He went on to
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