South African artist Joni-Leigh Doran lands international representation in Amsterdam and UK for her current body of work “COGNISANCE”.

Since the launch of her solo exhibition “Cognisance” at La Galleria in McGregor, Joni-Leigh has been offered international representation by the Paard Verzameld Equine Art Gallery in Amsterdam, and brand ambassadorship by The Equine Concierge, an independent UK based luxury concierge and lifestyle management company that caters purely for the world of Equestrianism. Doran says that she is delighted by these opportunities: “I have been selling my work directly to buyers overseas for a few years now, so to be offered representation and support by two companies I hold in such high regard is an incredible honour, and a dream come true.”

“Cognisance” highlights the enduring but complex relationship between horses and humans. In these paintings, the spectral representation of the horse presents a species with a long and interconnected relationship with humans, sometimes to the point of holy divinity. The horse’s long service to humanity, and their deep awareness and understanding of a species other than themselves, is one we humans can only aspire to and yet… Humans have, since the beginning, subjected billions of horses to untold horrors and murderous exploitation. The ghostlike form of various horses in these paintings is both a testament to those that have suffered and died as well as our sanctification of them and our admiration of their deep powers of intuition and knowledge that rises far beyond the cognitive abilities of our own species. The exhibition can still be seen at the beautiful La Galleria Gallery in McGregor until 13 February.

These paintings are an enquiry into the spirit of the horse, and the deep and historical interconnectedness between us and them. The ephemeral portrayal of them in these works accentuates the opposing circumstances that horses currently face in cohabitation with humans – transcendence and tribulation.

These paintings are Doran`s attempt to honor the horses she has known and loved. They all depict horses that she has known personally. This short, inspirational video shares more of the artist`s process in creating these exquisite artworks:

View Doran`s work here: