Kennedy, Eddie

“Polo IV” Limited edition print

“Polo IV” Limited edition print
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Irish Contemporary

Born in 1959 beside one of the oldest polo clubs in the world “The All Ireland Polo Club” in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland. Spent entire youth working with not just polo, but hunting and racing as well. At nineteen years of age started working in the film business as a film horse stuntman, featuring in several films doubling for actors including Michael Cain, Liam Neeson and David Soul over a three year period.

I have always combined my polo career with an art career and in 1986 that is what brought me to the UK. Following a very successful one man exhibition at the Godolphin Gallery in Dublin I decided to move to the UK to follow my love of art and passion for polo. It was around this time that I produced a series of very successful limited edition prints which are still hanging in private homes and polo offices alike throughout the world.

However marriage, kids and the need to get back to horses saw me doing less and less art and going back into polo working at various clubs until very quickly I was offered the opportunity to work with the great Mexican 10 Goaler, Memo Gracida for the Maple Leaf high goal team. This led to the taking over of the management of that team until it was disbanded some five years later. At its peak that team had some of the best horses in the world. As the Maple Leaf string was about to be sold off a new patron arrived in the UK in the form of Prince Jeffri of Brunei who bought not only the string of horses but the Coworth Park Polo complex as well, to which he added another large number of horses bringing the total to over 200. This was a great opportunity of management for me as I got to work with a great cross section of the worlds best polo players including all 7 of the famous Heguy brothers all of whom were rated at 10 goals then.

Following the demise of the Brunei polo organization I then went to Dubai where I was responsible for the completion and setting up of a brand new polo and equestrian club. This position involved everything from sourcing and purchasing horses for polo and jumping, building polo fields and synthetic riding surfaced arenas to creating the business plan and operations manual for the entire club which included a restaurant, a spa, a gym and a pool. I returned to the UK in the summer of 2007 and now after many years feel the need to start creating through the medium of pencil and paper the art that comes through my passion with horses and polo.