Austerity

David Shepherd

CBE OBE FRSA FGRA


david shepherd austerity, Trains
'The East Somerset Railway''
'Austerity ' Class J94 68005 at Cranmore
Image Size 6" x 6"
Date of publication 1976
Price:- £10 inc. vat (signed limited edition print, loose)
For a limited time we are offering the set of three prints together for £25.
This print, along with 'Dubs Crane' and 'Andrew Barclay' are exceptionlly rare, in that they are in mint condition, and have been stored in the publisher's archives since 1976
Most of the prints that have been framed since this time are now badly faded...

© S & W © David Shepherd David Shepherd, CBE, FRSA, FRGS, OBE.
Known internationally as one of the world's leading wildlife artists,
and also a passionate conservationist and he freely admits that he owes much success to the animals he paints.
Prolific in output as a painter with a brimful of stories and anecdotes, he is an extrovert who enjoys talking,
and enjoys being known as a natural promoter and an ardent ambassador for conservation; it's the way he is.

Explaining that he became an artist in childhood because he couldn't do anything else.
"My life was a total disaster until I was 20 years old. My one and only ambition was to be a gamewarden, so when I'd finished my education,
I went rushing out to Kenya with the incredibly arrogant idea that I was God's gift to the National Parks. It was a disaster. I knocked on the door of the
Head Gamewarden in Nairobi and said, 'I'm here, can I be a game warden?' I was told I wasn't wanted.

My life was in ruins; that was the end of my career in three seconds flat."
"Up to that point, my only interest in art had been as an escape from the rugger field. The game was compulsory at school and I was terrified of it.
I couldn't see any fun in being buried under heaps of bodies in the mud and having my face kicked in. I fled into the art department where it was more
comfortable and painted the most unspeakably awful painting of birds."

Deflated and homesick, he took a job as a receptionist in a hotel on the Kenya coast; the salary was one pound a week.
"So there I was at Malindi on the Kenya Coast in this hotel. I painted some more bird paintings on plasterboard, and I sold seven of them for £10 each to the
culture-starved inhabitants of the town and paid my passage home to England on a Union Castle steamer."
Arriving home, penniless, he had two choices,Mr Shepherd decided he could either become an artist or a bus driver.
Since he suspected that most artists starved in garrets, life as a bus driver seemed the safer bet.

"But my dad was marvellous and said that if I really wanted to be an artist, I'd better get some training.
The only school we knew anything about was The Slade School of Fine Art in London, so I sent them my first bird painting."
The Slade, too, turned him down. He had no talent, they said, and he wasn't worth teaching.
The bus driver position was looking more likely all the time, except for a 'chance meeting that changed my life'.
At a London cocktail party, the young artist was introduced to Robin Goodwin.
Robin was a professional painter who specialised in portraits and marine subjects. (considered to have been one
of the finest marine painters of this century). He didn't and wouldn't take students, Robin told him, but he agreed to have a look at the work.

"The next day, I trotted up to the studio in Chelsea and a miracle happened. I showed him that very first bird picture, which I still have and,
for reasons that I have never been able to understand, he decided to take me on. I owe all my success to that man.
He is responsible for my being where I am today."

In 1976, his autobiography, 'The Man Who Loves Giants', was published and rapidly became a best seller.
He revised and updated it in 1989. 'A Brush with Steam' was published in 1984 and in October 1985,
The Man and His Paintings' was published, which, for the first time, brought together
in a single volume a fully representative selection of his work. In 1992, 'An Artist in Conservation' was published,
which is a stunning collection of the best of his wildlife art with over 90 colour plates.

In October, 1995 , 'My Painting Life' and 'Only One World' were published and in 2004 his latest book,
'Painting with David Shepherd, His Unique Studio Secrets Revealed' was published.

Signed, limited edition, prints and original paintings, drawings for sale.

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