New York, New York - Wilbur, the painting horse, whose art hangs in some of the poshest galleries, has destroyed most of his own collection in a fit of rage. The tantrum follows months of frustration as he stood by listening to critics dis his work.
The artist,formerly know as Prince, had been put out to pasture in 2005 after pulling a carriage for ten years with his life-long partner,Dobbin. It was there that he took to painting. Starting with pastoral themes in the Grandma Moses genre, he quickly graduated to impressionism before settling on abstraction-ism, the form his admirers are most familiar with.
Noted for it's vibrant, almost lucid, colors and vivid imagery, his art created quite a stir when it was introduced to the public in a showing at a since defunct Soho gallery in New York city. Several pieces remain in museums and private collections. Most notably that of the late Fred Skeleton, actor, comedian and artist.
Speaking through noted animal psychologist, Michael Flatts, Wilbur described his act as one of desperation after watching his caretaker remove yet another painting from his easel before he could finish it. Dr. Flatts was consulted when Wilbur remained agitated after the tantrum and could not be calmed.
"Wilbur seems to think that he's under-appreciated. He feels that certain people, including his caretaker, don't fully understand the scope of his work and that his creativity is being inhibited, either intentionally or not. Apparently there are several pieces the horse thought he could improve upon if given the opportunity. Sadly, he feels that he may never get that chance."
Wilbur's outburst has had one unintended consequence: since the destruction of so many of his paintings, those which remain have sky-rocketed in value.