Peter Upton studied art and art history at college and university, but considers that he really learnt more from his uncle, Charles W Cain, the well-known etcher of Arabia in the 1920s, and from studying the work of those artists he most admires, notably Stubbs, Munnings, Edwards, Sorolla and the Pre-Raphaelites.
Upton is best known for his paintings depicting the desert scene and the Arab horse. He has held one-man exhibitions in Britain and abroad, and his works, including many private commissions, are in private collections around the world.
A past President of the Arab Horse Society of Great Britain, an international judge, and a recognised expert on the history of the Arab horse, his passion for this breed goes back some 65 years to his first pony, a white part-Arab. He writes regularly for the AHS News and other magazines, has been involved in films on the Arab horse, and is the author of Desert Heritage: An Artist’s Collection of Blunt’s Original Arab Horses (1980), The Classic Arab Horse (1986), The Arabian Horse – History, Mystery and Magic (1998) Out of the Desert and The Arab Horse.