Frankie Flores’ colorful paintings of horses in motion are well known in Saratoga Springs.
Next weekend, some south Florida residents will get a chance to see his work when Flores exhibits his paintings as the sole artist at a Jan. 25 reception hosted by Donald Trump’s company the day before a horse race event that pits California-bred thoroughbreds against Florida-bred horses.
Florida real estate moguls Trump and Jorge Perez are hosting the reception the evening before the 6th annual Sunshine Millions Race at Gulfstream Park in Hollywood Beach, Fla.
The Trump Hollywood condominiums are near Gulfstream Park, and the two companies are corporate partners, said Jacqueline Basha, who organized the Trump event.
Basha is a marketing consultant who has a summer home in Saratoga Springs and is familiar with Flores’ work. She recommended him for the reception.
“I wanted to find an opportunity for Frankie to become more known to the racing people here. Anytime I’ve shown any of his work it’s been really positive,” she said.
About 15 of Flores’ paintings will be exhibited during the reception, and a few of them will be auctioned to benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation.
Flores said he is excited about the opportunity to show his work in Florida.
“For me it’s a way to get exposed to a whole new market that’s  to 300 new potential clients, which is totally unexpected, but I’ll take it.”
He’s also interested to meet “The Donald.” Flores said he’s been invited to watch the horse race from Trump’s VIP box.
“I hope we can kind of wave on TV,” he joked.
Florida-bred and California-bred horses will go head to head in that race and at one in Santa Anita, Calif., also on Jan. 26.
“It’s kind of a nice way to put a fun perspective on racing when you’re combining east to west,” Flores said.
Flores, 40, who used to have studios in Houston, Texas, and New Orleans, moved to Saratoga Springs nine years ago.
With an abstract painting style, he said it was initially difficult to break in here.
“People in the area were collecting more traditional work. I had to convince people that my art was worth looking at.”
His paintings are somewhat impressionistic with heavy paint application and large brush strokes.
Besides equine art, Flores was known for his jazz paintings when he lived in New Orleans.
Locally, he created the official First Night poster in 2003 and painted horses for “Horses, Saratoga Style” in 2002 and 2007.
See his paintings at www.floresartnewyork.com. His studios are located at 73 Beekman St. and 462 Broadway.
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