Sunday, October 19, 2008

This Horse is Smarter Than You


Meet Cholla (pronouced 'Choya') an artist from Reno, NV who, at the age of 24, is already winning awards at juried art competitions in Italy and getting solo exhibits from San Francisco to New York. Oh, and he's a horse. Apparently he miraculously 'picked up' painting after he got into the habit of following his owner around when she painted the fence outside his corral. Eventually, she saw his potential to make money and gave him a paintbrush, watercolors, and a piece of paper. The rest, as they say, is history. His work has been (unironically) compared to Jackson Pollack and Resnick, and his paintings have sold for up to $2,200. Which clearly must make his owner and "assistant" Renee Chambers very, very happy. Shit, I'd be happy too if I had a horse that paid his own rent.

Art lover and critic John Yimin said of viewing Cholla's work on video: "I saw intelligence, purpose, and a differing vision exposed to me for the first time. I was and remain awed."
Fun fact: a horse has a brain comparable to the size of a large walnut!

46 comments:

spottheblogger said...

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Rumi said...

Heyy!

About the Chloes...I got the ankle length from yoox.com, I think that not as many were produced as the taller version?? Good luck ebaying ;)

Ane Kamilla said...

That is so cool!

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Hanako66 said...

hahaha! awesome

Alice X said...

HOOOOOLY, wowza that is too cool!

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Couture Carrie said...

How cool is that??

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fhen said...

unbelievable and cool!

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kiki said...

hilarious

L. said...

great painting:)

Anika said...

Lol, I love this...the randomness is hilarious!

But (and I don't know which camp I'm throwing myself into here), I adore that painting....haha.

emma said...

ahahah wow

Zanita said...

urrrghh awesome blog. did you know there are elephants in thailand that do painting too? and the paper they use is made out their own turd.

sarah said...

awesome! i also love the elephants that paint, have you seen them?

Victoria C said...

I can't believe that about the horse haha I literally laughed out loud xx

cocorosa said...

ahhhh this is great! gonna try to teach my cat to paint haha :)

LENORENEVERMORE said...

Awed!!! is the right key word here! ~Fab weekend to you dear XO*

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

i swear i'm going to give my dog a paintbrush when i get home from work!
xox

Jasmina said...

yeah great, now I have to turn myself into a horse just to get people to like my art? damn life is hard.

karl's sweet child said...

tssskk...horse is now an artist... cool but sad.. ;P

Penny Lane said...

hhahaha, ok, that's funny, but i think that if the horse like painting, and what he "creats" is beautiful... why not paying for it? i mean, i would love having a horse's painting in the wall xD

nice blog.

mua!

Zarna said...

cool blog!!

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Marian said...

what an amazing horse! fab post and thanks for sharing.
muah x
marian

Trixie La Belle said...

that's amazing:D dude, what if horses start working alongside humans, get smarter and take over the world? it started with a painting...

poet said...

I recently read about a two-year-old girl who is already an acclaimed artist and whose paintings sell for large sums of money and even get exhibited. Even then I found it debatable whether she's really a genius or it's just clever marketing from her parents' side (who are both artists as well). But a horse? Really? ... then there's still hope for me who's never gone to art school after all! :)

Greetings,
poet

DELIGHTFUL said...

Hahaha wow!

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kirstyb said...

I hear about this a while ago but I didnt believe it ha xoxoox

Farah said...

LOL! love that funfact ;)

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Ash Fox said...

that is amazing! what an amazing animal!

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Chelsea Talks Smack said...

what?!?! wow. ok. that awesome

Taylor Sterling said...

wow that is cool!!

ak said...

that is unreal..but of course something like that would be true..theres such crazy stuff now a days..but i love horses!

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Carmen said...

hahah so cool

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Caylie said...

So amazing!! I've seen a show about animal artists!


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Iva said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Have a very merry weekend filled with love, happiness and laughter!

Raya said...

wow that's crazy! haha

A. said...

ahahah thats crazy!

**OnYxStA** said...

LOL that hilariously awesome!!

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Lexy @ QUIRKY EXPLOSION said...

Ah! How interesting! I would so be down for an art-making animal. That's just super COOL.

In Thailand, I actually saw all these elephants making art. It was FABULOUS.

Gosh. New life goal. Teach an animal to make art!

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