This painting was more about an aesthetic than a meaning for me. I liked the idea of using a gestural body with black lines on a white canvas and showing parts of the model in realism in between some of the gestural lines. The cheetah skin scarf makes me think of it reaching down inside of her soul, like she has the heart of a wild animal.

- David Shepherd


Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished white edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

32" h x 26" w x .75" d
2 lbs. 8 oz.



David Shepherd
Stoney Creek, Canada

Getting to Know David

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.