Each year, EEM calls upon an internationally renowned artist to create the visuals for its events. For this premiere of the Masters of Chantilly, Christophe Ameeuw and Artistic Director Bruno Danto, asked the American artist Aaron Lowell Denton to create the collector's poster which is revealed here. Based near Bloomington, Indiana, Denton is an eclectic artist capable of creating logos for a South Korean record store as well as various illustrations for the prestigious New York Times and The Atlantic publications. He has created many posters and many album covers, in a slightly retro and even surrealist style. The Masters of Chantilly is his first foray into the equestrian theme.
What inspired you to create this piece?
This poster is mainly inspired by Franco Grignani’s work. His pop-art design style has a great influence on my work. I wanted to convey the movement of a horse jumping in a dynamic and energetic way, and I think the simplicity of the flowing line achieved that.
Do you know anything about the equestrian world?
No, not at all! After being invited to work on the artistic aspect of this project, I found a rich heritage of show jumping event posters that was very inspiring. There is a long visual tradition in this sport that I am happy to be a part of now.
Chantilly is known as the Capital of the Horses and of art (4,000 horses, the second largest collection, after the Louvre, of ancient works of art - before the 19th century - in France): did you know about this place?
I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't know about Chantilly until I researched it after I received the request. I visited France once when I was a teenager, but I didn't go to Chantilly. I’d love to visit one day