David Shepherd: A Crazy Life of Steam & Elephants

8 Jan 2012 – 12 Feb 2012

Event times

9.30 - 5.30

Cost of entry

£5 Adults £3 Concession

Royal West of England Academy

Bristol, United Kingdom


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David Shepherd


David Shepherd paints every day of his life. Now aged eighty, the famed wildlife, aviation and steam train artist describes his life as ‘a series of disasters' — David Shepherd's career has been shaped by serendipity. Rejected by the Slade School of Art, David planned to train as a bus driver. A chance encounter with artist Robin Goodwin resulted in a three-year apprenticeship — a first for Goodwin, who revelled in the challenge, and a life-changing opportunity for Shepherd. David Shepherd: A Crazy Life of Steam & Elephants features over 30 works never before exhibited. Selected from the paintings that hang in his own home, the exhibition showcases the breadth of subjects close to David's heart, giving a glimpse into the ‘crazy life' of one of the UK's best-known painters.

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