LOUISVILLE, KY - It's a race to the finish in this year's exquisitely designed 2009 Official Art of the Kentucky Derby poster artwork by Atlanta-based artist Jeff Williams. The design depicts the final moments of the legendary race as six horses battle to the finish while stylishly dressed on-lookers cheer from "Millionaire's Row." More than just a horse race, the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby are as much about fashion as racing. This year's merchandise selection captures the elegance and style synonymous with these prestigious events.
"We chose Jeff Williams for his impeccable credentials and artistic vision," said Clare Jett, President and CEO of JettStream Productions, the official licensee of the Art of the Kentucky Derby. "He has captured not only the look, but the emotion of the Derby in his piece done in the unique Art Deco style."
Williams, has been painting since childhood, but received his formal training at the prestigious Art Institute of Atlanta. He honed his skills while in Europe where he began using stain washes - a technique that has added more depth and intensity to his work. Williams is inspired by the flamboyant style of the Art Deco Period, using intricate patterns, lush rich colors and early 20th Century fashion and lifestyle pieces in his work. In 2007, Williams was honored as one of only 12 American artists chosen to participate in the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts Show at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. This was the first time in more than 100 years that an American artist received such an honor.
JettStream Productions, a Louisville, KY-based sport and events marketing company, is in its eighth year as the licensee for Churchill Downs' "Art of the Kentucky Derby" series, as well as the Churchill Downs Art Collection. The company is in its first year as official artist for the Westminster Kennel Club Show and the 2009 Gallopalooza including artwork and merchandise. JettStream Productions provides a variety of services to help clients create event branding and merchandising opportunities which provide additional revenues for any event or product.