David Shepherd, Artist Biography
David Shepherd is a Realist/Hyper Realist Artist who paints exclusively in oil on canvas. He was educated at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto from 2008 - 2012. The school’s curriculum is based on the 19th Century French Academic system made famous by William Bouguereau. The internationally acclaimed artist John Michael Angel started the school during the 1990’s Resurrection of Realism and the academy continues to be the only school in Canada that has kept the excellent standards established during the period of high Realism in 20th Century Europe.
David’s body of work is eclectic ranging from traditional Still Life, Landscape, and Portraiture to combining Realism with Cubism, Soft Cubism, Impressionism, Expressionism and Abstract. He has been displayed with galleries in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and in notable shows across the U.S including the Oil Painters of America National show in his first year with that group. He participates yearly in the Artist Project at The Exhibition Place in Toronto and is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and the National Oil and Acrylic Society. For enjoyment he also participates in the Artist Battle Competitions and has made the Ontario Finals.
Currently he is producing a series of Hyper Realism paintings that focus on expressions, personality, politics, and culture through hyper real close ups of the human face with different objects.
In his private life he is a believer in Taoist philosophies and is a practitioner in health and wellness including swimming, basketball, resistance training, yoga, meditation and diet. He also has a great curiosity with science, specifically the subject of Physics.