The Hampton Classic Horse Show announced on Tuesday that it has selected Jocelyn Sandor Urban, a noted equestrian painter, as its 2013 poster artist. The Classic’s iconic posters have illustrated scenes from its Bridgehampton show grounds on Long Island for decades, and Urban has been selected for the second time to continue this tradition. Her poster “Stable Row” was selected in 2004.
The 38th annual Hampton Classic returns to Bridgehampton, August 25–September 1, for another year of world-class show jumping competition, luxurious shopping and activities for every member of the family. Set amidst the splendor of Long Island’s famed Hamptons, near some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, the Hampton Classic is the culminating event of the Hamptons’ summer season.
The Hampton Classic poster is eagerly awaited each year, and is a coveted souvenir of the horse show. This year, the poster entitled “Schooling” shows a beautiful black and white drawing of horses and riders in the schooling area, accompanied by the serene backdrop of the show grounds.
When asked about the inspiration behind her drawing, Urban said “Every year at the Hampton Classic I have found myself at the schooling rings taking photos and making sketches, and I use these photos for drawings at a later date, documenting all the activity”.
Urban has done hundreds of drawings of the Classic schooling rings and this year’s poster drawing was done from a collection of sketches, and composed a little more formally than her usual quick sketches. The artist has two other similar drawings which were submitted for poster consideration as well, but “Schooling” was chosen, and Urban feels it is the strongest of the three.
“Drawing has always been my favorite medium. I like the freshness of the drawn line which creates form and space and is instantly gratifying,” said Urban. “It is my first response to what is in front of me and overworking such a drawing leads to ruin.”
Urban received a BFA from Skidmore College and a MFA in print making from The University of Massachusetts Amherst. She began riding English pleasure at age ten and enjoyed living on a farm with many horses. Her work is represented in Nantucket, MA by the Four India Gallery, in Newport, RI by the Isherwood Gallery and in New Canaan, CT by the Handwrite Gallery.
The artist has always held a passion for capturing the natural beauty of horses. After graduate school, she attended many horse shows, where she exhibited her portraits. Urban has displayed and sold her work at the Hampton Classic Horse Show for more than two decades.
The Hampton Classic is one of the most prestigious horse shows in the nation and features competitors at every level of rider from Lead Line to Olympic medalists. The Classic’s feature event, the $250,000 FTI Grand Prix and FEI World Cup™ Qualifier, is part of the Taylor Harris Triple Crown Challenge.
Further information on the Hampton Classic Horse Show can be found at the Hampton Classic website at hamptonclassic.com or by calling 631-537-3177.