Churchill Downs Unveils Official Artwork for 2022 Kentucky Derby, Oaks | New

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Churchill Downs released next year’s official Kentucky Derby art on Monday.

The official Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby 2022 paintings were made by Kentucky artist Aimee Griffith. This is the sixth year in a row that Churchill Downs has called on a Kentucky artist for this honor.






Kentucky artist Aimee Griffith (Source: Churchill Downs Racetrack)


The Kentucky Derby paint is intended to show the energy, movement, and excitement of running with an unusual use of color and splatter of paint.

Kentucky Oaks painting is intended to showcase the fashion, pageantry and anticipation of the pre-race paddock area.

“This commission challenged me to explore and experience my perspective of the equestrian art like I’ve never done before,” Griffith said in a statement. “Before I started, I visited the Cross Gate Gallery in Lexington and left the inspiration to try something new. Putting brighter colors, more contrast and more energy into my work has me helped evolve as an artist. “

The Kentucky Oaks 2022 is scheduled for May 6. The Kentucky Derby is scheduled for May 7.

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