Alan Brassington


(Irish, b. 1959)

Alan Brassington was born in Rhodesia, but returned with his family to their native Ireland in 1964.  He studied at the Northwich School of Art, Cheshire and Stockport School of Art.  He is an internationally acclaimed artist who successfully records the relationship between man and horse. He is extremely well known in racing circles as the official artist to Ascot racecourse, where many of his works hang in the Racing Club rooms.  The colorful panorama of the turf, with its intrinsic drama and excitement, has proved a powerful magnetism to Brassington. As he has said, I love painting horses and people. The racetrack is irresistible, it is an entire world of its own. If you see a special horse in the parade ring it is easy to understand why one would be so inspired by this animal with its grace, its beauty, its intelligence and its strength.  Working closely with riders and trainers at different racecourses, Brassington has allowed his vision to explore different aspects of the world of racing and this new body of work reveals an exciting maturity. Brassington, often seen with sketchbook in hand, has traveled extensively visiting racecourses as far afield as Santa Anita in California or Barbados, as well as most of the major British and Irish tracks. This has resulted in several large private commissions over the past few years from clients in England, Spain, France and the Middle East.



Charcoal, Pastel
20" x 19"

The Elite Racing Club Triumph Hurdle (GI), Cheltenham
Watercolor, gouache
20" x 24.5"

Two Horse, Jockey Up
Charcoal, Pastel
18" x 23"

Oil on Board
31" x 44"

Jockey Study
Oil on Board
24" x 30"