The Kentucky Derby is five months away.
And while it is still too early to have any horses entered in the annual contest, it’s apparently not too soon to announce the Official Art of the Kentucky Derby.
And yes, that’s a real thing. Last week Churchill Downs released the 2023 Official Art of the Kentucky Derby, which will be provided by renowned international artist, Romero Britto.
Considered one of the most celebrated living artists in the world, Britto uses a bold, vibrant aesthetic to evoke a sense of fun and happiness in each of his pieces.
From his roots in Brazil to his current home in Miami, Britto has traveled around the world, bringing joy and inspiration to millions with his fresh, colorful work.
Britto’s artwork for the 149th Kentucky Derby highlights his iconic approach of mixing bright colors with unique patterns.
With sparkling, textured accents and elements of pop graphics, the art features subtle details that bring the racetrack scene to life, highlighting the energy and excitement of the Derby in a modern, Yellow Submarine, kind of way.
“The Kentucky Derby has such a rich history, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Romero Britto to commemorate the 149th running with artwork that brings a modern perspective to our longstanding tradition,” said Casey C. Ramage, VP of Marketing and Partnerships, Churchill Downs.
He went on to say; “Working with an icon like Britto is an exciting opportunity for us to connect with new fans around the globe through this visually compelling representation of the fun and exhilaration of the Derby experience.”
In addition to creating the Official Art of the Kentucky Derby, Britto will also attend this year’s event to watch the race and participate in a variety of the week’s special activities, including sitting on the judging panel for the Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest.
“I’m honored to partner with Churchill Downs to unveil the official art of this year’s Kentucky Derby and celebrate this spectacular occasion,” said Britto.
Britto’s Official Art of the Kentucky Derby will be featured on the 2023 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks official racing programs and a variety of merchandise.
There are limited-edition prints available for purchase at the online Kentucky Derby Store.