The De Chirico Horse

“A young boy discovers a tantalising object, and with it a story that transcends boundaries of time. Years earlier, Hugh, an ambitious young man from England travels to Italy to meet his friend, the artist Giorgio de Chirico. The two men soon undertake a journey into the metaphysical existence of Giorgio’s world…”

‘The De Chirico Horse’ is an upcoming 34 page graphic novel that I am currently in the process of creating the artwork for. The intent of this project is to showcase my abilities as a visual sequential narrator, as well as acting as a springboard to larger projects.

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In 1927, my great-grandfather Hugh Compton travelled from England to Italy as a young man. He would stay here for several years, where upon his return he had acquired fluent Italian, affluent friends and a miniature carving of a wooden horse. This, it would turn out was a gift from the artist Giorgio de Chirico, the founding artist of the School of Metaphysical Art. 

On the year of my 21st birthday, my grandparents sent me this carved miniature when I was at art school. My intrigue in the object, its history and memories recalled from childhood led me into an ever spiralling obsession into the events of the story. The resultant comic narrative is fuelled in part by these historical truths and the fictionalisations of my wandering mind.

The narrative’s purpose lies not only in its ability to encapsulate the story of the horse, but in its dual purpose to act as a recording of The De Chirico Horse’s validity as an artefact with a recorded historical basis. I may be wrong, but I would like to think this is an original work in its purpose to act dually as both story and recorded provenance.

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If you have any questions about ‘The De Chirico Horse’ please don’t hesitate in contacting me. Any questions welcome!

© Thomas WH Compton