Illustrator John Mattos has been named the official artist for the 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships. The multiple award-winning artist will create two art deco images for the Nov. 1-2 event at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
"Mattos' vintage-inspired official primary image features an elegant and timeless couple taking in a day of premier international racing," a Breeders' Cup press release said in describing the work. "Palm trees and the San Gabriel Mountains frame the action of the world's finest Thoroughbreds as they race toward a moment in Breeders' Cup history. One of Santa Anita's famous architectural frieze elements graces the border as another nod to the historic California track."
"John's magnificent work captures the elegance and style of the Breeders' Cup while seamlessly integrating Santa Anita Park's iconic imagery," Peter Rotondo, Breeders' Cup vice president of media and entertainment, said in the release.
"We are honored and delighted to display his images as part of our official 30th running celebration as well as to provide fans an opportunity to take home some treasured memories of the event."
Of Matto's second image, titled "Distaff Diva," the release said the work "lets the spirit of Breeders' Cup Friday out to play. The diva's whimsical fascinator serves as a symbol of the more playful side of Breeders' Cup World Championships. Santa Anita's deco style frieze swirls around her head while palm trees sway and the iconic Breeders' Cup trophy is the biggest feather in her cap."
"I have been drawing and painting horses my entire life and so it was a real joy to capture the impression and the excitement surrounding such an outstanding international event as the Breeders' Cup," said Mattos.
Mattos is a multiple award-winning illustrator with over 100 honors for graphic excellence, according to the Breeders' Cup. In 2007, he was commissioned by the United States Postal Service to create a commemorative stamp featuring Seabiscuit, the celebrated racehorse who gave inspiration and hope during the Great Depression.