David Shepherd oil paintings at Habatat Galleries Florida

David Shepherd

David first started drawing at the age of 3, and painting at the age of 8. After drawing from comic books during adolescence he became intensely interested in oil painting after viewing master works from Caravaggio and Rembrandt. David started painting in acrylic and then oils regularly after high school and joined Sheridan College. At this time he had his first shows at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and other local galleries.  Luckily in Toronto he was able to find an education that could compare to the great paintings created by old masters like Van Dyke and Rubens. The Academy of Realist Art (ARA), a Toronto based private school founded by renowned realism artist John Michael Angel who in turn was taught by artist Pietro Annigoni.   The school provides the same training as the famous 19th Century French Academies which included painters William Bouguereau and Charles Bargue. After 4 years of study under the Academic system, he graduated from their program in 2012. David participates in international art exhibitions, art fairs, contests and competitions, displaying his works across the U.S and Canada.

These paintings are a narrative on society in that they are a reflection of what people look for in there media, but more importantly what they change in themselves. Cosmetic surgery and the push for beauty in everyday pictures via the internet have continued to gain momentum in the past 10 years to the point it is consuming our media attention and many of our lives.
The format of large Hyper Realism painting was chosen as a way of shoving the beauty agenda in people’s faces. Also admittedly as a technically skilled artist it was a great way to channel my talents in a modern way. Although classically trained I am motivated to make art that is interesting and pertinent to today.
The expressions caught in the moment the photo was taken were interesting to capture. We are very good actors but when something foreign is thrown onto us you can’t help but react to it naturally, as a defense mechanism I suppose. In this way when I was pouring things on the models I was able to get there real reactions.
(Something for Jay and Lindsey to say about the work)
David’s work is an impressive and rare talent of extremely realistic painting technique, combined with a composition of movement and beauty. His style of Hyper Realism is in line with contemporaries looking to push forward the narrative of what Realism art will mean in the future.


2019- Representation, Habatat Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL 
2019- Gallery Mad Ones, Solo Show, Toronto
2019 – Artist Project International Art Fair, Toronto
2018 – Online Representation, Wynwood 28, Miami
2018- Representation, Le Soleil Fine Art, Vancouver
2018- National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Best of America National Exhibition, Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati
2018 – Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, Steamboat Springs
2018 – Artist Project International Art Fair, Toronto
2018 – Online Representation, Ugallery, San Francisco
2017 – Representation, Westmount Gallery, Toronto
2017 – Solo Show, Gallery Art@231, Hamilton
2017 – Judge/ Exhibitor, Arts and Letters Club, Toronto,
2014 – Representation, Howe St Gallery, Vancouver
2010 - Representation, Art World Fine Art, Toronto
2009 – John B Aird Juried Exhibition, Toronto
2006 – Representation, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Art Shop