Wise Old Elephant
open edition print

David Shepherd

CBE OBE FRSA FGRA (25 April 1931 - 19 September 2017)
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Poster print of decorative value only

david shepherd  wise old elephant print
"Wise Old Elephant"
One in stock; dry mounted, small sctatches in sky; price £45
Print
Image Size 20" x 30"
decorative value
This print was distributed by Boots in the early 1960's. It sold more prints than any other title in the world,
and as a result, launched David Shepherd's career as a serious wildlife artist.
Many old copies of 'Wise old elephant' can easily be found, unfortunately, due to the lack of poor inks used, most of them are badly faded.
Many were heatsealed onto canvas and then varnished to give the appearance of an original painting..
The print is really of decorative value only, ie. worth very little.. However, saying that, I have seen it for sale from £10-£495
There may be some worth in collecting this and other open edition images in good condition, as many old posters can be quite sought after
eg. Skiing, Travel, music..etc... Can easily sell for £200-800
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 game warden, 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.

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