The largest piece in the on display ‘Shades of Grey.’

The largest piece in the on display ‘Shades of Grey.’

An exhibition of equine paintings will be on display in Auckland from October 20 to November 8.

The collection of 15 paintings, titled Horseing Around, were painted by well-regarded Auckland realist artist, Neal Palmer and will be on display at the nkb Gallery in Mt Eden.

Neal, who is known for his large scale botanical paintings, said his passion for horses as a young boy inspired the collection of paintings.

“I had riding lessons from the age of 10 to 13 and this is where my emotional attachment for horses came from. I wanted to show this through the paintings and evoke the lovely senses of the horse and the way they react by way of movements and expressions.”

All of the horses are NewZealand horses, many of them thoroughbreds exhibited at the Karaka sales over the last couple of years.

Neal said the collection took him four months to paint, however he had painted a few of them over the years.

The largest piece in the collection is a four panel painting titled ‘Shades of Grey’.

It is an acrylic and silver leaf painting, standing at 2.3 metres tall and 2.9 metres wide.

The exhibition coincides with the 2016 Melbourne Cup.

Entry to the exhibition is free.

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