The last 18 months have given the natural world a rare opportunity to experience life with hardly any humans around. Animals in urban areas are exploring emptied streets and waterways, and delighting human inhabitants along the way. While many of these are not unique sightings, the human restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic seem to have given animals the confidence to go deeper into our cities and stay for longer. Others are enjoying having nature reserves and parks all to themselves, and some authorities report a boom in wildlife while tourists are away.
Social media has been set alight with images of mountain goats running amok in a Welsh town; of dancing mice in a London underground station and of wild boars in the centre of Barcelona!
An artist who was passionate about the mission to fight and protect endangered wildlife was British artist, Richard David Shepherd CBE FRSA FGRA, one of the world’s most outspoken conservationists. David started his career as an aviation artist and owed a great deal to the Armed Services who commissioned paintings that took him all over the world. The RAF flew him from Mukalla in Aden to Kenya in 1960, which proved a turning point in his career when they commissioned his very first wildlife painting – a rhino on a runway – he never looked back.
We are thrilled to be handling this beautiful oil ‘African Tiger’ as well as ‘Bull Elephant.’ Please do explore these beautiful paintings and the life of David whom for over 50 years dedicated his life to protecting some of the world’s most iconic and
‘A reclining male nude: A Study for ‘The Council Chamber’ from ‘The Legend of the Briar Rose’
Black chalk. 8 x 13.2 ins
DAME LAURA KNIGHT
Pencil on paper
198.7 x 13.8 ins
Signed ‘Laura Knight’ (lower right)
The Cake Shop, 1971
Pencil on paper
26 x 18 ins/ 66 x 45.7 cm
Signed ‘Fedden’ and dated (lower right)
We are delighted to be exhibiting four new works by the highly collected contemporary artist Neil Helyard, a taster for our greatly anticipated Winter Exhibition. The work of Neil Helyard is sold exclusively through Trinity House. Our Helyard collection is best described as an eclectic mix of varying styles, showcasing the artist’s breath-taking vision across a variety of mediums and distinctive styles.
PURE EVIL STREET ARTIST
It’s clear to see that graffiti and street art are here to stay and have found their place. Today, pieces made by famous street artists have become status symbols among collectors. Trinity House is excited to be handling a selection of original works by Charles Uzzell-Edwards a graffiti artist who produces Pop inspired works and street art, known by the moniker “Pure Evil”. Please register for a full list of artworks by emailing [email protected]
It has always been on my bucket list to see the ‘Big Five’…until that time I can’t point you in a better direction than this excellent account of the fascinating life and artwork of David Shepherd.
As David Shepherd’s popularity as a wildlife painter grew, he became increasingly aware of the fragility of these animals’ existence. In 1985, this led to the formation of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, which allows him to repay some of the pleasure and success he owes to the creatures he paints.
‘AN ARTIST IN CONSERVATION’ BY DAVID SHEPHERD
A stunning collection of the best of David’s wildlife art, this book is a testimony both to his unique talents as an artist and to the beauty and majesty of the animals he portrays. There are fascinating descriptions of trips he made to shoot game – not with a gun, but with a camera. The paintings which follow are as full of life and light as the landscapes he paints. Complemented by colour sketches, and handwritten notes by the artist himself, they are a celebration of his subjects and his work.