The Hampton Classic Horse Show is pleased to announce that Julie Freund, a native of Westtown, New York, has been selected as its 2014 poster artist. The announcement of the artist is eagerly anticipated each year, as the posters are highly sought-after souvenirs of the historic Hampton Classic Horse Show.
The Hampton Classic returns to Bridgehampton, NY, August 24-31, for its 39th year of world-class equestrian competition. The Classic is the culminating event of the famed Hamptons' summer season on Long Island, and many A-list celebrities can be spotted enjoying this prestigious show from the sidelines.
Describing the inspiration for her poster, 'Paseo', Freund said, "In many of my paintings I like to take the everyday images that equestrians see, and create a work of art that is recognizable and yet done in a way that emphasizes the beauty of the sport, and of the animal. Equestrian sport requires training, precise technique, and conditioning, just as the act of painting. Both require a knowledge of the materials and patience that when done right produce a wonderful connection to the human center."
"I enjoy using oils because of the paint's ability to create vibrancy with colors through the process of layering," said Freund. "Each of my paintings, including 'Paseo', is composed of several layers of paint, each layer a vital piece to the painting as a whole. Just as riding is a process of layering precise techniques and moments together the same can be said for painting."
Equestrian sport has always been a big part of Freund's life. She has shown in the hunters, jumpers, and equitation at many "A" rated competitions along the east coast ranging from Lake Placid to Ocala, and many other shows in between.
Freund attended Bridgewater College in central Virginia, where she majored in the Fine Arts, before transferring to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), where she recently graduated with a B.F.A in Painting and double minored in Equestrian Studies and Art History. Freund was a part of the Bridgewater College and SCAD's intercollegiate equestrian teams, and her passion for equines is often an inspiration for her artwork, and through many different mediums, Freund captures unique qualities in different horses.
Julie Freund, artist of the 2014 Hampton Classic Poster
After graduation, Freund taught riding lessons at Belvoir Terrace Performing Arts and Fine Arts summer camp in Lenox, Massachusetts during the summer of 2013. Freund is currently working and living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
'Paseo' is based off an original photograph taken by her friend Olivia Dodd of a horse named Bogart at the SCAD equestrian center. "I am fortunate enough to have some friends who are amazing photographers, and who are kind enough to allow me rights to their photos for me to use as inspiration for paintings," said Freund. "Zooming in or cropping an image creates an intimate view of a scene, something that I often do in my work."
"Any equestrian would recognize this image from every day barn life," said Freund. "This could be any rider, any horse. Anyone could see himself or herself in this piece. It's a universal image that stretches all through the equestrian sport, not just hunter-jumpers, but also dressage, western, eventing, etc. Any horse person can appreciate the beauty in the quiet moment of the horse walking around in the arena after a ride."