John Stephen Hockensmith


John Stephen Hockensmith is one of the premier equine photographers in the United States.  Born in 1954 in Cynthiana, Kentucky, Hockensmith took up photography at an early age and later studied art and photography at nearby Georgetown College. He began his professional career in 1975, working for the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a photographer and four years later, started the independent photography business in Georgetown known today as Fine Art Editions Gallery & Press.

Hockensmith has worked as a photographer for the Kentucky State Government, Georgetown College, Churchill Downs, Keeneland, and Al Khayal Magazine. Corporate clients include Toyota, Lexmark, The Kentucky Horse Park, and Universal Studios.

Hockensmith’s principal exhibitions include: ‘Put this Moment Here’ (1986) at the Headley-Whitney Museum, ‘Rare Breeds: From Figurative to Abstract’ (2004) and ‘Gypsy Horses and the Travelers’ Way’ (2006) at The Kentucky Horse Park International Museum of the Horse, Lexington, and ‘Spanish Mustangs in the Great American West’ (2009), a large format exhibition accompanying his book release filling all three galleries of the Headley-Whitney Museum.

Gallery of Art

The Chrysalis Project

This body of 24 art images is limited to 100 impressions and depicts the life cycle of the caterpillar molting into a chrysalis only to be transformed into the monarch that makes the migration to mountains of central Mexico. Explore the mystical world of the monarch life cycle with these images created in fall of 2016 and January of 2017 as Hockensmith’s art offer a magical look at miracles & mysteries – life unexplained.

American Pharoah Series

This collection celebrates the achievements of the Kentucky-bred racing star, American Pharoah. In 2015, he won the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic, securing the title as the first horse ever to win the Grand Slam of Thoroughbred Racing.

The Collector Series

The Collector Series is a collection of signed and numbered limited editions ranging from 1000 to 2500 prints. These limited editions use offset printing or prepress digital technology on 80-lb patina or archival photographic papers.

The Shadow Series

Also known as the Golden Shadow Project, this series is an effort to visually acknowledge the subconscious states of the spiritual imagination. As an aspiring artist of 40 years, specifically in the realm of photographic studies, John S. Hockensmith has found the sublime and peripheral territory of artistic expression to be an unexplored frontier in the photographic medium. The Golden Shadow Project is in the spirit of explorative art, created beyond the restraints of commercial viability.

The Gypsy Series

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John Stephen Hockensmith proudly presents a series of giclée prints that provide a rare look into the world of the Gypsy Horse. Privileged to have traveled with the gypsies of Northern England known as the Travelers, Hockensmith captures the breathtaking Romani breed in its natural habitat of the moor, the village outskirt, and the Road to Appleby Fair.

The Museum Series

The Museum series are elite giclée prints, created and produced by John S. Hockensmith on 500 lb Somerset watercolor paper with a deckled edge. We rigorously limit and control the process from creation to production and distribution. This hand-produced and signed artwork with tightly controlled edition numbers are at the core of our reputation. The Museum series are issued in small volumes of 25 to 250 prints and are marketed exclusively as fine art.

Post Modern Series

Contemporary abstract photographic art by John S. Hockensmith that uses the highly polished lacquer finishes of horse-drawn carriages and coaches to reflect equestrian abstractions in color and design.

Available as variable-substrate editions, limited to 50 impressions each on canvas, watercolor paper or acrylic glass.

World Equestrian Game Series

This series showcases the diverse disciplines and passionate horsemen at the 2010 showcase of the World Equestrian Games sponsored by Alltech at the Kentucky Horse Park. These were sixteen days of the highest levels of equine and horseman talent ever assembled. This gala occurs every four years, and we can only hope that we will be so fortunate to once again host this international event.

Spanish Mustang Series

John Stephen Hockensmith’s stunning giclées and lithographs tell the story of the Spanish Mustangs of the Great American West. Images captured from the rugged Rocky Mountains to the remote reaches of Oklahoma grasslands depict the lives of the horses that are the backbone of America’s equine legacy.

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