Booth Malone

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(American, b.1950)

Booth received his B.A. with a Visual Design major. He worked for the Coca-Cola Company until the mid 1980’s when he decided to paint full time as a fine artist. But while at Coca-Cola he was able to travel extensively and he used his spare time to broaden his art education. Seeing some of the finest collections in the world infused him with the desire to be an artist himself: "Regional museums were my first real exposure to Remington and Russell --they didn't exactly receive a lot of coverage in 'Art History 101' and I was completely captivated by [Remington's] use of light and Russell's narrative compositions.  I also saw Russell's studio in Montana and his earliest works – which were quite raw -- and discovered he developed his talent as an adult. So it was an encouragement to me. To Start!" Booth Malone remembers the parting advice of his old boss at Coca-Cola, then President Donald Keough: "Do one thing; do it the best you can, and market the hell out of it!  Booth took that to heart and concentrated on horses and put his best into each painting. “The marketing I've left up to word-of-mouth which, in our small world of horses, has been more than enough."

Essentially self taught Booth studied the techniques of portraitist John Singer Sargent and equestrian artist Sir Alfred Munnings. "They're really twin souls. If Sargent had gone outside more he would have painted like Munnings and vice versa.  They were both known for bravura brushwork but I also noticed they went for nuances and subtle gestures and that appealed to me -- good paintings should be more than photographic accuracy."  He says he also picks up ideas from the great illustrators like N.C. Wyeth, Rockwell and Leyendecker. "I was lucky early on to fall in with the Midland (GA) Fox Houndswhen Ben Hardaway was Master, and through them I was exposed to Olympic level Eventing, and high caliber steeplechasing and polo. My wife, when we first met, worked in bloodstock and her knowledge of racing and its players, on both sides of the Atlantic proved to be a tremendous resource."

In 1994 he first exhibited in Saratoga and the following year was invited to membership in The American Academy of Equine Art where he has subsequently served as a painting workshop instructor. He has been a regular exhibitor at the Rolex Three-Day Event in Lexington, Kentucky.

Booth has been the official artist for numerous steeplechase meets including The Virginia Gold Cup. In 2006 he was the official artist for Breeder's Cup. His work can be found regularly on the covers of The Chronicle of The Horse and other equestrian magazines and catalogs. He enjoys a close association with The United States Pony Clubs (USPC)and The United States Equestrian Teams (USET). He is a member of Oil Painters of America (OPA). His most recent one-man show was at The Aiken (SC) Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum.

 


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