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The 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Poster was designed by Louisville artist Chimel Ford. His artwork, “Parade,” features a gray scale Pegasus soaring on a vibrantly colored background. A marching band silhouette completes the image.
“I wanted the painting to tell a story about how I see our city during the Kentucky Derby Festival,” said Ford. “It’s colorful, a lot of fun and alive.”
“When I met Chimel I was amazed at how exciting and fun his art is,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO. “‘Parade’ is a salute to our first event — the Pegasus Parade — and is reflective of this same energy that emanates from within each of us.”
Ford is a Louisville artist and graduate of PRP High School, known for his recreations of nostalgic pop art. He enjoys painting iconic foods, snacks, drinks, restaurant logos and famous people. Pieces of his work have appeared in Washington D.C. and various venues throughout Kentucky. He has been able to refine his art working with Zoom Group in Louisville at their art studio known as Studioworks in the Highlands. Studioworks is a creative and inclusive atmosphere that focuses on the ability of each artist to help grow their talent.
“I hope I inspire someone to do something they never thought was possible,” said Ford, who has autism.
Said Ford’s mother, Helena Ford, “The autism does not define Chimel, his art does.” Fans can follow Ford @ArtByChimel on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and online at artbychimel.com/. More information about Zoom Group can be found online at www.zoomgroup.org.