The portrait of last year’s Best in Show winner Ch/AM Ch Afterglow Maverick Sabre (Ricky) will be unveiled at Crufts 2015 by the artist who created the portrait.
The portrait of Ricky will be presented by artist Paul Doyle to the Chairman of the Kennel Club Arts Foundation, Tom Mather on the Sunday evening of the show in the main arena and will then go on display at the Kennel Club in London.
Paul, from Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire, decided to use oils on a large canvas that allowed him to portray this renowned winning dog to his full stature.
Paul said: "Having seen the impact Ricky had in the ring, I wanted to somehow get this across in the painting. The background of the painting, which was inspired by Ricky’s kennel name, together with its composition, oil on canvas medium, and the scale of the work, have hopefully captured something of his quiet yet commanding nature with a similar impact."
Ricky’s breeders, Michael Gadsby and Jason Lynn, have had the privilege of taking a look at the painting and commented: ''We are delighted with Paul's portrait of Ricky. It really captures his spirit, and the quiet confidence that typifies his character. Ricky has been a remarkable show dog, and more importantly has the wonderful temperament which we love about the Standard Poodle as a breed.''
The painting is a wonderful addition to the Kennel Club Arts Foundation collection, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.