Bryant Studio Paintings
Dedicated to bringing life, character and dimension
Beverley Bryant - Artist
Ready to ride, Beverley poses with a framed portrait of
Mr. and Mrs. Bud Fruehauf of Palm Beach for a
Photo spread in the Palm Beach Daily News
Selections of Previously Commissioned WorkHead Portraits:
Grand Prix Jumpers:
Commissioned by Georgina Bloomberg ~~ "Cim Christo" Oil on Canvas 3'x4'
Children & Ponies:
Commissioned by Louise Oken "Lucy Oken & Tinker" Graphite on Paper 16"x20"
Laura Kraut's 2008 Olympic Team Mount ~ "Cedric" Graphite on paper 8"x10"
Confirmation Pose with full Background:
"I Love Lucy (Beverley's horse) Overlooking the Hudson Valley" 18x24 Oil on Canvas
Commissioned by Elaine Iozzo for Mary Elizabeth Kent "Two Corgis" Oil on Canvas 20x24
About Beverley Bryant:
Born into an equestrian family in Middleburg, Virginia, Beverley Bryant grew up hunting and showing horses. Her father was a distinguished naval hero in World War II and a four-time published novelist. Her mother, a gifted prodigy specializing in horse sculpture and oil painting, is also a noted horse trainer and breeder.
Ms. Bryant majored in English and Art and studied portraiture in Paris at the Academie Julian, in New York at the Art Students’ League and in Washington at the Corcoran Gallery School. After modeling for a year in Manhattan, Ms. Bryant designed several collections for Oleg Cassini during the Jackie Kennedy era.
Beverley Bryant began painting portraits of race horses in 1978 with Secretariat. Many orders and purchases followed including oil portraits of Seattle Slew for Karen Taylor and Governor Hugh Carey, Spectacular Bid, Ruffian, Pleasant Colony for Johnny Campo (trainer) and Alfred Vanderbilt. A series of sepia drawings of early American racing personalities were purchased by Mickey Rooney and one of that series, Isaac Murphy, hangs in the Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, NY.
These works led to the creation of the coffee table book PORTRAITS IN ROSES published by McGraw-Hill in 1984. It is a collection of 109 portraits and stories of all the winners of the Kentucky Derby, including their owners, trainers and jockeys, from 1875 to 1984. The book was very successful and was updated and reprinted in 1995 as PORTRAITS OF KENTUCKY DERBY WINNERS by Health Communications, publishers also of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
In 1992, Ms. Bryant decided to concentrate on the world of show jumping, her first love. She herself had placed in the Maclay Equitation Class at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden at the tender age of eleven. She has completed eight double-oil portraits of United States Olympic Team riders and their horses in addition to numerous portraits of people in the show jumping world and their dogs, children and horses
Ms. Bryant’s latest efforts have been portraits of Palm Beach personalities including: a life-size oil painting of Mr. Walter Ross sporting a kilt and set in a Scottish background, an anniversary present from his wife, Cathleen MacFarland Ross; a double oil portrait of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Fruehauf, of Lost Tree Village, North Palm Beach, seated on their vintage airplane; a double oil portrait of Mr. and Mrs. John Rinker of Palm Beach, founders of Rinker Corporation; and a reproduction of an oil portrait of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese by Titian in 1547 for Mr. and Mrs. Ned Darin of Palm Beach.
Ms. Bryant currently paints at her horse farm, Middleburg South, near Wellington, Florida, where she rides and shows her horses. In season, she teaches painting and portraiture at the Everglades Club in Palm Beach as she has since 1991.