Dolphin Gallery hosts Allan Lancaster Retrospective
A much admired Letcombe Regis based artist, Allan sadly passed away on 21st September, 2023 but has left a lifelong legacy of wonderful equestrian artwork. Between 19th January and 3rd February, Dolphin Gallery is staging a retrospective of his career featuring race horses competing and training, hunt scenes and working farm shire horses. You are cordially invited to attend a preview night on Friday 19th January between 5 and 8pm when all are welcome to attend and view Allan’s work.
Allan was born in 1949 in Stoke-on-Trent, and became enthralled with horses at the age of four through the local coalmine pit ponies. “We fell in love with them” recalled Allan. ”My father would lift me up to sit on them, so began my lifelong passion for horses”.
Leaving school at 15, he became a jockey riding on the Flat, over hurdles and fences. Based at Epsom originally and then Hampshire, Allan came to Wantage trainer David Gandolfo, but unfortunately injuries sustained from falls forced a premature end to his riding career.
Throughout his life, Allan equally loved painting and particularly equestrian scenes. Many viewers of his work remark how horse movement is so accurately reflected in his brushwork, and his successful exhibitions included those staged at Royal Ascot, London’s Society of Equine Artists at The Mall Gallery, and three years running he won top prize at Racing Welfare’s Art Exhibition. He developed a great reputation in the equine world, and was regularly commissioned by trainers and owners such as the late Sheikh Al Maktoum.
We hope to see you on the 19th when you can enjoy Allan’s artwork over a glass of wine, and meet Allan’s partner, ex lady jockey Celia Radband. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Allan with Lester Piggott)