David Shepherd, internationally renowned as one of the world's leading wildlife artists. Much of his time is now devoted to conservation. Several hundred signed limited edition titles have been published, illustrating his work. Born in the 1930s he still continues to paint and although a tremendously sucsessful commercial artist, he has a very 'down to earth' approach regarding the world we all live in and how it should be cared for... He has received many honours over the years, MBE, OBE, to name just a very few..David gives talks on a regular basis, worldwide and has many captivating stories. One of his paintings in 1974 titled 'Tiger Fire' was painted to help save the tigers, it was published as a signed limited edition and sold for ￡150.. Today these signed, limited edition prints can sell for upwards of ￡4,500.. Much of his other work holds a similar story. Widely regarded as the No.1 wildlife artist in the world his signed, limited edition prints, particularly of the period 1970's-80's are tremendously sought after and command a premium, many times more than the original published price. Many people see his work as a wonderful investment, but the majority of David Shepherd artwork collectors take pleasure in the work itself and simply see the investment as a bonus... David Shepherd first came to fame when an elephant painting was published titled 'Wise old elephant'. This was painted in 1962 and the open edition poster prints were distributed by Boots. It was apparently the first time a print of this nature had been published on such a commercial scale, and it was believed that there would be little interest... It turned out however that this print sold more prints than any other print in the world and luanched David Shepherd's career on the world stage as a wildlife artist. Few , if any. other wildlife artists have achieved as much recognition as David Shepherd and his work continues to be very sought after. Many people I have met who collect David's work have lived in Africa, or visited on a regular basis, and they all talk of the wonderful atmosphere in his paintings and the character that can be sadly lacking from lesser wildlife artists. One of David's great passions are steam engines, he owns several, and has bought some of them from Africa; his paintings eg. 'On Shed' and 'Giants at rest' wonderfully demonstrate his love for this age of steam. There are several books available on his steam journeys and paintings and many books now published around his paintings, not only of African and Indian animals and landscapes but Brish scenes and portraits of equal depth and intensity.
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