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David Shepherd - The Man and His Paintings

Shepherd, David

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ISBN 10: 0715387561 / ISBN 13: 9780715387566
Published by David & Charles, U.K., 1985
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Sixth impression. Near Fine in a Very Good dust jacket. Three tiny white dots on the front pastedown. Jacket has a 1/2" tear at bottom of front panel and a samll split at heel of spine. Book's previous owners were friends and avid fans of the artist. While the book itself is not signed, quite a bit of David Shepherd ephemera has been laid-in including 3 typed letters on the artist's letterhead (of which 2 are signed by Shepherd), 4 photographs of the artist at work, some brochures and a booklet on the East Somerset Railway (one of Shepherd's pet projects), plus a few typed pages of biographical data on the artist. Bookseller Inventory # 38130

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Title: David Shepherd - The Man and His Paintings

Publisher: David & Charles, U.K.

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed by Author

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Synopsis:

Few artists possess David Shepherd's combination of talent and truly popular appeal. He modestly suggests that his success is a result of good fortune and being in the right place at the right time, but for those who know his work, it is obvious that its attraction stems from the wholehearted enthusiasm with which he embraces his subjects - his paintings are suffused with the life, emotion and colour which reflect David's own personality. Combining over 60 of his very best paintings with an endearingly lively autobiographical text, the book takes a fresh look at the fascinating life of this irrepressible artist. From his first influences and training with Robin Goodwin, through early struggles and successes, and on to the leaps and bounds of his subsequent career, David tells his tale with honesty and sincerity. He pays tribute to the people, and animals, who have helped him along the way, and expresses his total commitment to the cause of wildlife conservation, as well as his lifelong love of what he calls 'big toys' - steam trains, aeroplanes and ships. David regards his life as a marvellous adventure, and his talent for telling it 'how it happened' draws us in, enabling us to share and enjoy his experiences to the full. This outstanding collection of paintings reflects every facet of David Shepherd's personality and experience. He says he is lucky to have had the opportunities that he has had in his life; we are lucky that he has chosen to share them with us through his words and pictures.

From Publishers Weekly:

This impressive collection of some 70 paintings depicts Victorian England, graffiti-covered buildings in present-day Northern Ireland, jungles and parks of Africa and India, aircraft carriers and hangars, and "a down-to-earth and realistic portrayal" of Christ. A self-declared romantic, British artist Shepherd aims in much of his work to recreate the atmosphere of past days "when the pace of life moved slower" and to publicize a variety of causes ranging from endangered animals to endangered steam railways. Best known for his wildlife art, Shepherd here features elephants, lions, African buffalo and Tiger Fire ("the most celebrated painting in my career"). Unfortunately, his amusing anecdoteshis ill-fated voyage to Africa to become a game warden, his rejection from art school, his confrontations with the wild animals he paints from lifebecome redundant and tiresome. (January
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