Tiger in the Bush.

Signed ‘David Shepherd’ (lower right)

18 x 30 cms, 7″ x 12”

Oil on Canvas


Private Collection, USA.

Gladwell & Patterson, (stock number 18579); acquired in 2013.

Private Collection, United Kingdom; acquired in 2013.

Gladwell & Patterson; acquired in 2015.

David Shepherd is regarded by many as the leading wildlife artist of his generation and paintings such as ‘Wise Old Elephant’ have made him internationally famous. He started his artistic career as an aviation artist, and an early commission for the RAF took him to Aden and on to Kenya on a trip that changed his life. Here he had his first demand to paint a wildlife subject and from then he never stopped.

David’s love of wildlife was apparent in all aspects of his life. In 1984, David created his own wildlife foundation, The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation in order to ‘repay his debt’ to the animals that had given him so much success as an artist. The foundation does some incredible work and will continues to build on the legacy that David so ardently fought for.

David delighted in painting the wildlife that he fought so hard to protect. His subjects were painted with dignity and grandeur and his compositions allowed them to take centre stage often amongst the breathtaking scenery of his beloved Africa.

Often using the dramatic lighting and contrasts that the strong African sun produces to great effect, his paintings possess an energy and strength that allow them to command any space. David’s technique of combining photorealism with his broad impressionist technique and his impeccably accurate palette, instantly strike a chord with the viewer, but above all it is David’s love of the animals that shines through in his paintings creating an instant empathy for them with his audience.

In 2017, the world lost one of its most loved and talented wildlife artists. A driven and dedicated conservationist, David will be sorely missed, however his enduring legacy both in his art and with his wildlife foundation will live on.

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