Fruits of LabourDavid Shepherd
Oil painting on Stretched canvas
Painting wraps around edges
Varnished and Ready to hang
Signed on front
48 " h x 46 " w x 1.5 " d |20 lbs. 0 oz.
In this hyperrealistic painting, David pushes our emotions and ideas of cultural acceptance. The subject's direct gaze while being doused with honey addresses issues of power, sex and strength. David explains that the title, "The Fruits of Labour," references his model's personal experience at the time. "My model had told me how she'd gone on a trip to a bee farm the day before the shoot. She spent most of her day collecting honey."
Stoney Creek, Canada
Canadian artist David Shepherd fuses techniques from both old and modern masters to create contemporary interpretations of the human form. While offering strong nods to pop art and cubism, the work remains grounded by David’s training in 19th Century academic realism. Combining discrete techniques within a single tableau is initially jarring to the viewer, creating an unexpected visual complexity in the work and demonstrating the artist’s breadth of skills. “I think in the future we will be much more interested in works of art that show a mastery of multiple styles,” says David. Each artwork effectually suggests the surreal nature of human existence within a convoluted modern society.