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Poster harks back to funny old days

Friday, 9th December, 2011

TRUE ST PAT’S: Artist Howard Steer holding his St Pat’s 2012 poster in his art  gallery yesterday. TRUE ST PAT’S: Artist Howard Steer holding his St Pat’s 2012 poster in his art gallery yesterday.

By Kurtis Eichler

As anticipation builds for the 47th St Patrick’s Day race meeting, noted BH artist Howard Steer has been revealed as the man behind the 2012 poster.

Mr Steer, known for his dry sense of humour and comedic paintings, said the race that stops Broken Hill was “back on track” after being washed out this year.

“I think we should get a really good response,” he said.

The poster depicts a leprechaun mounted in the saddle, in reference to this being the first race meeting to fall on St Patrick’s Day itself.

He said it was not hard to nut out ideas for paintings when you’ve got “inside information”.

“I’m glad that St Pat’s have realised we’ve gone back to the original idea in the first place to do something really funny,” said Mr Steer.

“It gives the artist a chance to loosen up, don’t get serious about it and to do something funny and people sort of think it’s a fun day and that’s what St Pat’s is - a fun day at the races.

“It’ll be a good time to go and celebrate St Pats on the 17th of March, the true St Pat’s day.”

 Mr Steer’s connection with the race meeting began in 1989 when he illustrated the infamous games night that was raided by police the year before.

He called the idea for the poster a “no brainer.”

“You didn’t have to think, it was all there. You just had to sort of close your eyes and it all happened in front of you.”

Some 4000 posters and brochures will be printed, with club secretary Cheryl Krutli labelling it as the most important aspect of the lead-up to race day.

“The paintings provided over the years by local artists have been as much a part of our event as anything else and copies are requested by people all around Australia, even if they don’t come to the races every year.”

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