A brilliant riot of colors festoon each thoroughbred as they race for glory in the commemorative 2015 Kentucky Derby artwork by Michigan artist, Kimberly Santini. Represented by galleries from New York to Naples to New Orleans, Santini's dynamic paintings are characterized by her passion for the sport of horse racing and her attention to movement, color and light. The dazzling display of energy and rich hues found in the Official Kentucky Derby art are sure to live on years after the 141st Run for the Roses at historic Churchill Downs.
In creating the canvas for the 141st Kentucky Derby and Oaks, the artist elected to use pure pigments (straight from the tube) as she created the dynamic display of charging Thoroughbreds. Regal reds, cobalt blues, and bright yellow paints emphasize the musculature of the horses as well as the world- class jockeys who ride them to victory. Utilizing unadulterated color is not the norm for Ms. Santini, however, the intensity of the Kentucky Derby and the emotion it symbolizes beckoned her to use the most powerful palette at hand.
Santini has pursued a knowledge of the arts her entire life. She has a BFA in Painting, a BA in Art History, and has worked at the J. Paul Getty Trust. She pares her subject down to the bare essentials: personality, attitude, and bold color. About her lavish work celebrating the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports, Ms. Santini said, "It feels very surreal." Print measures 17X30".