Charles Church is an internationally renowned painter of horses, landscapes and country life

His career has grown from a fifteen year old who loved painting horses into one of the world's most sought after equestrian painters. Charles’ skills were developed from an early age and honed in his early 20s during a two-year apprenticeship in Florence where he learnt techniques dating back to the 17th century.

His pictures are highly coveted and much sought after the globe over. On the occasions Charles has exhibited, his critically acclaimed shows sell out well in advance. Within the racing sphere Charles has now painted nearly 100 individual Group 1 winners including recent champions Masar, Enable and Golden Horn.

The King has described Charles as a remarkable artist, with a “unique sensitivity and profound understanding of his subject matter.” Henry Wyndham, former Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, wrote in 2013 “the pictures of this talented artist carry many of the hallmarks of some of the most renowned British painters of the early 20th century.”

In 2023 the Queen unveiled a work by Charles for the permanent collection at the National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket, commissioned by the British Sporting Art Trust. In 2024 Charles will be the official artist for the Breeders Cup at Del Mar racecourse in San Diego.

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Charles at work in his Dorset studio

Selected Patrons

HH The Aga Khan
HH The Sultan of Oman
HH Sheikh Fahad al Thani
Prince Faisal Salman
John Magnier
Michael Tabor
Maria Niarchos
Alain and Gerard Wertheimer
Anthony Oppenheimer
Lady Lloyd Webber
Lady Bamford
Barbara Banke
Lanes End Farm Kentucky
Gainesway Farm Kentucky

Career timeline

Born 1970, raised in Northumberland
Group exhibition, Equus Art gallery 1992
Charles H Cecil Studios 1992-1994
Solo exhibitions, Equus Art gallery 1995-1997
Commissioned to paint the Royal Pageant of the Horse 1997
Group exhibitions, The Osborne Studio Gallery, London 1998-2000
Joint exhibition, The Arndean Gallery, Cork Street London 2002
Solo exhibition The Arndean Gallery ‘Great British’ 2005
Commissioned to paint HH The Sultan of Oman 2005
Group exhibition The Tryon Gallery, Bury Street, London 2007
Solo Exhibition Gallery 8, Duke Street, London ’Further Afield’ 2013
Group exhibition Messums gallery ‘Art in Motion’ 2016
Solo exhibition Gallery 8, ‘Studies and Landscapes’ 2017
Group exhibition Messums gallery ‘New Perspectives’ 2018

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