V8 Ranch is proud to announce the unveiling of “The Legends of V8” bull portraits, created by the leading artist of Brahman paintings, Jesus Daza of Venezuela.
Daza is best known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of Brahman cattle has captured the glory and excellence of the top ten bulls of the 75 year history of V8 Ranch.
The portraits were unveiled at the ranch’s 75th Anniversary Gala on June 7, 2019 in Wharton, Texas and are now on permanent display at the V8 Ranch office in Wharton, Texas.
Daza began working with V8 Ranch in 2010, when Rachel Cutrer commissioned Daza for an original oil painting of Miss V8 100/7, 2010 National Champion Female and mother of Noble.
Over the course of his career, Daza has frequently portrayed some of his favorite V8 Ranch bulls, including Mr. V8 287/5 and Mr. V8 380/6. He previously created these pieces as gifts to V8 Ranch. Daza has also traveled to the ranch to view the herd and all of the living subjects in person to be able to capture their conformation down to every last detail. His rich, vibrant color palette and knowledge of Brahman cattle complement his realistic likeness of these legends of the Brahman breed.
In 2019, to commemorate the ranch’s 75th Anniversary, Rachel Cutrer personally selected Daza for this once in a lifetime portrait collection.
“When I was planning the 75th Anniversary Gala, I wanted something spectacular to showcase,” Rachel said. “I am a huge fan of Daza’s artwork, and had a dream to have him create the most important bulls in our ranch history to be forever remembered.”
Daza accepted the special assignment, on a very tight deadline, out of his great respect for V8 Ranch. The portraits were completed months in advance, but were held up in Venezuela for weeks due to the political turmoil in the country. It was unsure if the portraits would ever make it to the United States or would remain held hostage in Venezuela.
Just days before the Gala, the portraits arrived safely from Caracas to Houston. Montgomery Frame and Gallery of Wharton, Texas provided the exceptional framing for the portraits to be displayed at the Gala on just three days notice.
The portraits are now part of the Cutrer’s personal art collection, but are on display at the V8 Ranch office for the public to see.
These bulls are also available in the paperback book “Legends of the Last 75 Years” by Rachel Cutrer.