Collector's Guide - Stylized Ponies Theme
Here you will find invaluable information regarding The Trail of Painted Ponies figurines. To begin select the Pony you would like more information about. Then you will be taken to a page for each Pony that features the image and story of the Painted Pony along with the release date, artist's name, size, material and retirement date.
Remember to take a look at the Ponies by Theme pages where you will find all of your favorite Painted Ponies according to their style.
Happy Collecting and Happy Trails!
Pony Story: Did you know that "Blackjack" is the most popular casino card game in the world? This fast-paced game of skill, also known as "21," arrived in America in the late 1700s, from Europe. Ambitious gambling houses offered a bonus payout to players whose hands contained the ace of spades and a black jack. Soon, "Blackjack" became the official name of the most exciting card game in America! We invite you to discover the thrill of the game with Black Jack.
Pony Story: Monument Valley, Spider Rock and Enchanted Mesa are names that evoke an aura of mystery and legends. Storied sites in the American Southwest, they also shape the dramatic backgrounds for the culturally rich imagery found in the paintings of Mexican/Yaqui artist Amado Pena. Using bold color, striking forms, dynamic composition and the iconic faces that have distinguished his work for years, Pena has created, with his Pony, a tribute to the horses he has known, past and present.
Item #: 1525
Pony Story: Roger Montoya is a nationally recognized renaissance figure, as well known for his dance performances as for his landscape paintings. He served as artistic director of this Pony, assembling a team of some 50 people, ranging in age from 5 to 81, from a New Mexico village to collect glass and ceramic shards from nearby riverbeds and old dumps, and arrange them into a mosaic that danced with light and color.
Item #: 1456
Pony Story: Gold was a symbol of power and immortality in Ancient Egypt, and as a decorative covering, gold leaf was believed to bring eternal life, the most famous example being the fabulous death mask of Tutankhamun. Working out of knowledge and love of Egyptian history, this Canadian artist has gilded a Painted Pony with the facsimile of gold leaf, and then decorated the form with symbols, images and hieroglyphics that tell the story of a battle won by a Pharaoh riding a horse-drawn chariot. The result is a Pony that preserves the richness and mystery of the many religious artifacts found in the tombs and pyramids of Ancient Egypt.
Five Card Stud
|Five Card Stud|
Pony Story: Artistic inspiration comes in many forms. Drawing on her experience as a secondary art teacher, Carlsbad artist Gerri Mattson gave herself an assignment. She made a list of words that related to horses, and then began to sketch out corresponding ideas. The word "Stud" prompted an association with poker, which led to a horse fancifully adorned with gaming, casino and lottery images.
Item #: 1459
Go Van Gogh
|Go Van Gogh|
Pony Story: This tribute to the Dutch master, which combines two of his most recognizable paintings with a humorous rendition of his facial appearance, complete with a missing ear, was created by the sculptor who designed the actual horse forms used in The Trail of Painted Ponies art project. As talented at painting as she is at sculpting, Star, who also breeds horses on her New Mexico ranch, knows her horses, and playfully named this piece after the famous racehorse, Go Man Go.
Item #: 1472
Golden Feather Pony
|Golden Feather Pony|
Pony Story: Much of the appeal of Painted Ponies is the way they invite artists to let their imaginations run wild. With this Golden Feather Pony, Lynn Bean, an all-star Painted Pony artist, decided to take an artistic detour. She began by gold-leafing her entire Pony. Then, using rich and colorful porcelain paints, she added splashy abstract designs. Finally, where a saddle usually sits, she outfitted her Pony with large, jeweled feathers. In the end, she invented a magical creature that is out of this world.
Item #: 12292
Heart of Gold
|Heart of Gold|
Pony Story: Watching a horse and handicapped rider work together at an Equine Therapeutic Ranch, this artist from Parker, Colorado was so impressed with the horse's compassionate manner and seeming desire to improve the quality of life for its rider, he was moved to create a design for a Painted Pony that represented the horse's giving and caring nature. To illustrate and symbolize these endearing qualities, he came up with the idea of a Pony embossed with a golden heart with wings.
Item #: 4049720
Pony Story: This playful Painted Pony is all about the games people play. From board games to baseball, these are the games of our lives! We begin with a simple jump rope and tick-tack-toe and soon we are playing team sports that teach us about good sportsmanship. Finally, there are the card games and board games that invite us to exercise our minds, as well. "Horseplay" invites everyone to discover the joy of playing games with family & friends.
Pony Story: To spooky Halloween traditions such as costumes designed to look like ghosts, monsters, vampires and witches, and haunted attractions, scary stories told in front of bonfires, and horror films on TV and in the movie theaters, The Trail of Painted Ponies is thrilled to introduce a chilling new icon: "Midnight Glow," a rearing black Pony whose skeleton actually glows in the dark!
Item #: 4041000
Pony Story: The mystery, power and exotic beauty of Pre-Columbian art ? the art of Mexico and South America in the time prior to the arrival of European colonizers in the 16th Century ? holds a particular fascination for lovers of art history in the Americas. For more than twenty years, this award-winning Hispanic artist has been exploring and experimenting with the remarkable treasury of vibrant colors - strong reds, bright blues - used in the creation of the fantastic designs, symbols and abstractions found on temple walls, precious objects and ceremonial clothing worn by the Mayans, Incas, Aztec and Zapotec. With Mystic, he has connected imagery from those lost cultures to his own heritage, in his own time.
Item #: 4021921
Pony Story: Painted Ladies is a term often applied to resplendent Victorian houses, brightly painted and expertly restored. Armed with this knowledge, New Mexico artist Barbara Quimby cleverly conceived of this Painted Lady Pony, a dolled-up equine celebration of the Victorian spirit as it lives today.
Item #: 12211
Peace, Love & Music
|Peace, Love & Music|
Pony Story: Story: The 1960s were a time when it really did seem like things as simple as peace, love and music could create a revolution that would change the world! Recalling that colorful decade in the retro style, Peace, Love & Music is all about the power of pop art. Strong, vibrant colors and swirling shapes blend together as perfectly as rainbows while artfully incorporating classic '60s icons such as doves, musical notes and hearts. With this Painted Pony, anything is possible, again!
Item #: 4025997
Prance to the Music
|Prance to the Music|
Pony Story: From the equestrian ballets of the 17th century, when costumed horses performed intricately choreographed figures to music, to the circular parades of carousel horses whirling to the rollicking tunes of an organ, horses and music have had a colorful relationship that has struck a chord in many Painted Pony artists. Dressed in instruments found in an orchestral symphony, high-stepping across a piano keyboard, Prance to the Music is a design that takes us on a ride across a new and original musical landscape.
Item #: 4020475
Sequential: A Sequine
|Sequential: A Sequine|
Pony Story: Nancy, who has a Fine Arts Degree from the Kansas City Art Institute, is known as a collage artist who artfully incorporates found objects into her artwork, usually in some sort of repeating pattern. "I can't throw out junk mail without first removing the canceled stamps," she says, by way of explaining how she came to cover her horse with 77,000 iridescent and multi-colored sequins.
Item #: 1474
Sundown to Moonrise
|Sundown to Moonrise|
Pony Story: Known for his highly personalized, contemporary interpretations of Nature, this former Creative Director with a New York Marketing agency turned fine arts painter has focused his artistic talent on the wondrous effects of a sundown and moonrise on a stand of saguaro cactus in an effort to offer new dimensions in how we see our one-of-a-kind desert landscape.
Pony Story: All Painted Ponies are unique designs created by artistic individuals, but this is the first Pony to symbolize the artistic process itself. Working with a complicated Appaloosa pattern and covering her Pony with a messy array of paint splatters that you would expect to find on an artist so focused on her creativity that she ends up with as much paint on himself as on her canvas, this Canadian film school student, who currently lives in British Columbia and is pursuing a career in Animation, has created a design that stands for the Inner Painted Pony Artist within all of us.
The Prairie Princess
|The Prairie Princess|
Pony Story: This Painted Pony, a co-creation of Pop Artist Howie Green and TV legend Alison Arngrim, whose portrayal of Nellie Oleson on "Little House on the Prairie" was so iconic she was named as the #1 female villain in TV history, is a tribute to the ladies who made their homes on the prairies of America in the 1800s. Those women were tough and sturdy to be sure, but always welcomed a little touch of color, and some decorative trim along a dress seam or a pink bow on their bonnets.
Pony Story: My heart sings, I'm in harmony with you, Joyful elation, I'll never be blue, I'm Tickled Pink, you've played the right key, Loves inspiration, the whole world can see.
Tickled Pink Ornament
|Tickled Pink Ornament|
Pony Story: My heart sings, I'm in harmony with you Joyful elation, I'll never be blue I'm Tickled Pink, you've played the right key Loves inspiration, the whole world can see
Pony Story: For centuries, tattooing with ink or dyes, also known as "skin art," has been practiced within different tribal cultures by both men and women as a way of indicating social position. Since the 1990s, as modern techniques allowed for a range of elaborate designs and colors, tattoos have become a mainstream part of Western fashion for decorative and cosmetic reasons. Popular among both sexes is the image of a flower, in particular a red rose.
Item #: 4035092
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