Dominic Shepherd | Downstream

13 Sep 2019 – 12 Oct 2019

Regular opening hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Free admission

Charlie Smith London

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus: 8, 26, 48, 55, 67, 388
  • Tube: Old St (Exit 2) or Liverpool St

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CHARLIE SMITH LONDON is delighted to present ‘Downstream’, Dominic Shepherd’s fifth solo exhibition at the gallery.


Shepherd is known for his all-over symbolic painting, seen most emphatically from his early career psychedelic phase until circa
2014. Since then, Shepherd has painted singular scenes that are advertently more subtle, but which retain the ongoing core
interests of the artist: mythology, dream, nostalgia, the occult and Englishness. Following on from his 2017 exhibition ‘Old
England’, where he painted mostly intimate water scenes as a means to obliquely investigate national identity, Shepherd focuses
entirely on waterscapes in this exhibition, and to a heightened level.

Ranging from intimate paintings at 21x24cm to substantial pieces at 92x115cm, Shepherd presents us with a technically
superlative combination of swimming figures; those at water’s edge; and water studies. They are celebratory paintings, where the
subjects immerse themselves freely in nature, but are also ritualistic. ‘Circle Round the Sun’ and ‘The Source’ suggest the
ceremonial and reverential; and are deeply meditative paintings. In fact, the whole series carries an advisory note: slow down and
seek stillness in ever changing waters.

Shepherd also uses water as a signifier of alternate states. Dream, hallucination and role play have always been at the heart of his
work, and the distorting effect of bodies in water suggests transformation. Pools or lakes might become liquid portals or gateways,
but to where might they lead? A magical realm? The afterlife? Shepherd, as ever, implies but always retains ambiguity in order to
allow the audience free interpretation according to the desire of one’s own imagination.

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Exhibiting artists

Dominic Shepherd


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