Cherry Sweig

Greek Skyrian Equine:                 The history behind the art...                    




  In October ‘05, during a visit to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, something caught my eye in the Equestrian frieze art that would change my direction as an artist, yet I was puzzled.                A few days later in Corfu,  I knew exactly what it was.   I met Sylvia Steen, the founder of The Silva Project, whose  life’s work is dedicated to the endangered horses of  Skyros Island.  

     Scientific data supports the theory that this breed may be descendants of the oldest Equus species in Europe...such as the horses depicted on the Parthenon’s frieze.  This was the link between the past and present that would come alive through my art...                                           


“Leonidas, Stallion Royale”             Acrylics on Canvas Tapestry      66x102cm  26 x 39”        $4,000

“Ancient Echoes: Sophie, Silverstar and Icarus”                                                Acrylics on Canvas Tapestry    114 x 124cm   45 x 48”     $6,000

  I was fortunate to study these lovable horses in person five times at the Silva Project on the Greek island of Corfu...where I sketched, photographed and collected inspirations to take home...

I started each painting with sketches and studies for a ‘glimpse of their spirit’...

The canvases were pre-painted with a pumice-stone medium to give the effect of the rough surfaces of the ancient friezes.  Warriors and horses were painted in to represent the ancestral lineage to the modern-day Skyros horses.

A velvety soft fabric was sewn to the top and bottom to make a pocket for the rods.

The main Skyros horses were painted with acrylic paints and then high-gloss varnished .

Watercolor studies for first tapestry ...    ‘Sunshine, Gentle Soul”

“Sunshine’s Rainbow”              Original watercolor, unframed           22 x 30”   $ 500.00

“Gentle Soul”      Original watercolor, unframed

11 x 15”   $ 650.00

They are incrediby gentle and huggable!!

    These three tapestry-style artworks are the first in a series with a portion of all proceeds to be donated to The Silva Project that maintains the efforts in Corfu to keep these horses from facing extinction.    

  Using a pumice stone-effect medium for the backgrounds, I was able to resemble the frieze’s imagery.   In contrast, I painted the horses, actual likenesses of some of my favorites, in a soft yet glossy style representing their velvety coats.                             (Skyros is pronounced:  “Skeere - ros”)


  I am honored to represent the USA as the only American artist exhibiting these artworks of the Skyros small horse. It is my hope to inspire awareness about these charming horses that are running out of time...There are only about 40 of the species left worldwide... 


Viewers are invited to touch the canvases that hang from antique metal rods.

“Sunshine, Gentle Soul”   Acrylics on Canvas Tapestry 66x102cm   26 x 39”    $3,500

Adopt a Skyros Horse...                             I adopted ‘Icarus’...  see info on the              SILVA PROJECT here...

The SILVA Project is located on the northern Greek island of Kanoni

“The Mane Curve”                                         Acrylics on Canvas Tapestry  

66x102cm   26 x 40”    $2,300

                                       “Corfu Zephyr”                                                             

                                           Acrylics on Canvas Frame

                                          24 x 36”   SOLD

“June Foals” ...Linda and Loukas Acrylics on Canvas Tapestry 66x102cm    26 x 32”    $1,700

Greek_Horse__Studio_Series.html here...

In Greece currently:               

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The Art Technique described...

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HORSES in ART Magazine                                 
...Spring 08         click hereHorses_in_Art_Magazine.html

The Hellenic Hipparion is an ancient breed that managed to survive. The horse is today exactly the same as the animals used 4000 years ago!