The Paintings of Martin Stainforth
On display in Link Gallery from September 5, 2020 through May 31, 2021
British-born Martin Stainforth (1866-1957) began his career as a wood engraver but turned to illustration before moving to Australia in the early 1900s. He took an interest in the Thoroughbred racing scene in 1911 while living in Sydney and became known as the preeminent equine artist in Australia, receiving portrait commissions from owners and racing associations.
Known for his realism and ability to capture the personality of his subjects, Stainforth moved to the United States in the mid-1920s and continued to paint the likenesses of some of the top racehorses of that era, including the Hall of Fame members featured in this Museum Collection spotlight exhibition.