Steer's Twilight Racing
Friday, 20th August, 2010
Howard Steer has added a splash of colour to the upcoming Silver City Cup meeting.
The renowned local artist has created a vibrant outback race scene for the cup’s poster which combines the city’s rich mining heritage and its love of horse racing.
The painting was designed with input from SC Race Club Secretary Marg Andrews and shows four jockeys wearing miner’s lamps against a backdrop of headframes and other mining structures.
Mr Steer said the painting was completed over a period of two weeks, and described the process as an enjoyable one.
“It was fun trying to get all the shadows right, and the twilight scene... it was simple and enjoyable to paint,” he said.
“I look forward to doing it every time they ask, and I’d gladly do it again in future.”
It is the third time Mr Steer has provided a piece of art to promote the cup, and he said he hoped to see the meeting continue to grow.
“Any event like the races is good for the city and the people.
“It’s great entertainment, and it’s held on Cox Plate day, don’t forget - it’s a really good day to have it.
“It helps promote tourism and it brings a lot of money into the city. If we could have six events like this it would be fantastic.”
The painting has now been transferred onto print, and posters are expected to be available next week. “I’m rapt with the end result. I personally think it looks extremely effective,” said Mrs Andrews.
“And I’ve had a lot of comments from the other Committee members and the public - they’ve all been very impressed."
“Howard along with John Dynon are always very supportive of us with their art and in a few other areas they’re always there for us and all too willing to contribute.”
The Silver City Cup will be held on October 23, and looks set to again provide a great mix of racing, fun and fashions.
The day will feature $38,000 in prize money for a six-race program,
and guest appearances by Home and Away’s Luke Mitchell and Packed To The Rafters star Angus McLaren.