Artist Profile - Ripley
29 August 2013
No Loose Change
Archival ink on canvas
36 × 48 ins, 91.4 × 121.9 cm
Fine-art photographer and artist Ripley creates striking work through the medium of ultra-high-resolution digital photography, with extensive work done post production. The artist discovered his passion for photography at a young age, documenting large cats that his parents kept as part of a Europe wide conservation programme. This experience not only encouraged his interest in the medium but gave Ripley a greater understanding of the psychology of animal behaviour. As his career developed, he worked with music artists, high profile sports advertising campaigns and luxury automotive clients across the globe, mastering diverse technical and post-production challenges. In 2011 the artist returned to his love for animal photography in a new personal project photographing thoroughbred race horses.
Using state of the art equipment capable of 50 – 200 megapixel resolution at 16 bit, Ripley creates stunningly detailed photographs of the horses in a familiar, stress-free environment, such as the training yard or stud farm. The background images are shot separately on location and can range from striking landscapes to private homes or even abstract surfaces. The final image is produced through extensive retouching, essentially hand painting the photograph with blending, lighting and redrawing techniques and painstaking attention to detail. The images recall classical equine art with ‘an improbable yet believable reality’.
Ripley works with John Jones to ensure the final images are printed to his requirements using the finest canvases, papers and light-fast archival inks. Each frame is constructed by hand to museum standards using conservation grade materials before being hung by our installation specialists.