Shapiro Fine Art

Collection of traditional oil paintings by Fine Artist Derek Shapiro. All subjects with an emphasis on commissioned work.

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‘Charlie’ the Old Soldier’

This is Charlie the Chocolate Labrador, commissioned and required as a surprise Christmas gift. Charlie who is an old soldier, now approaching 13 years, belongs to Paul and Helen German who live in Bristol. Paul contacted me through Facebook, after seeing a previous posting of a Black Labrador called Wilfred that I had painted.

An oil on canvas painting of an old retired working chocolate labrador dog

‘Charlie’ the Old Soldier’

Oil on canvas 14″ x 10″

Commissions taken, any subject, contact me here

COMMENT FROM THE CLIENT

Hi Derek,

I just wanted to drop you a quick message to say a huge thank you for the wonderful painting of Charlie.
I hadn’t opened it prior to gift wrapping the picture and giving it to the wife on Christmas Day.
To say she was overjoyed is a huge understatement!
She( nor the other guests/family we had that day) couldn’t believe, not only the resemblance, but also how you managed to somehow paint the dogs personality as well!

Many thanks once again, and wishing you a happy new year.

Regards
Paul

 

‘Portrait of a Red Poll Bull’

An oil on canvas painting of a Red Poll Bull, commissioned by The Inn at Huxley in Cheshire.

An oil painting of a Red Poll Bull grazing in pasture land

‘Portrait of a Red Poll Bull’

Oil on canvas 10″ x 16″

This painting of the Red Poll will join other paintings of cattle which I have painted in the past.

There are ten breeds of native British cattle, this being the Red Poll which is a cross of the Norfolk Red and Suffolk Dun.

Other paintings please click here

 

‘Maer Hall’ Maer Staffordshire

I painted this scene of Maer Hall for the present owners some years ago. I remember it being a cloudy day towards the end of a very hot summer, hence the scorched look of the paddock and banks of the lawns to the grounds of the Hall.

Along with the owners horses, a Palomino and Chestnut grazing in the paddock, I think this painting epitomizes the English country house.

An oil painting of an English country house with a view of the stable block to the right hand side and a Chestnut and Palomino horse grazing in the forground

Maer Hall Maer Staffordshire

In the past the Hall was much reduced in size and was originally owned by Josiah Wedgwood II, (son of Josiah Wedgwood) the famous potter.

Charles Darwin the English naturalist,known as the father of evolution and author of the Origin of Species (1859) often visited Maer and went on to marry Josiah’s daughter Emma.

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‘At the Stable Door’

I found this horse in a stable block at the back of some farm buildings and decided it would make for a good painting. The horse was looking out over the stable door and looked as if it was taking in the landscape at the back of the buildings, perhaps thinking about the times she has galloped across the fields. I kept the painting for some time in my collection and eventually sold it to the owner of the horse. It transpired that the horse called Rosie M, was the daughter of the Hunt Master that owned the farm and she used to ride it in the local hunt.

An oil painting of a horse looking out over a stable door

‘At the Stable Door’

Oil on canvas 36″ x 30″ (91.44 cm x 76.2 cm)

If you would like your horse painting then please get in touch here

 

‘Portrait of a Hereford Bull’ (2)

I was approached a while ago by a lady that came into the gallery whose father was in the process of opening a new high class Inn and restaurant in Cheshire. Some three years later she appeared again with her father in the gallery and asked me if I would paint the Inn sign and a number of original paintings and a range of Limited Edition prints for the inside of the Inn. This is the first of a selection of cattle that I was commissioned to do. Paintings of an Angus Bull, Red Poll Bull and a Galloway Bull will be posted at a later date.

 

‘Portrait of a Hereford Bull’ (2)

 

Oil on canvas 14″ x 20″ (35.56 cm x 50.8 cm)

Commissions welcome, any subject :: Contact me, please click here

‘Charlie’ the Old Soldier’

An oil on canvas painting of an old retired working chocolate labrador dog

‘Charlie’ the Old Soldier’

Oil on canvas 14″ x 10″ (35.56 cm x 25.4 cm)

This is a commissioned painting of a beloved dog called Charlie. As well as a pet, Charlie led a busy life as a working peg dog, retrieving game for the client who shoots on the local pheasant shoot. As you can see with the grey mussel and eyes, I thought the title of the painting to be an apt description.

Commissions invited, all inquiries please click here.

 

‘A Quiet Backwater’ 

Oil on canvas 12″ x 16″ (30.48 cm x 40.64)

I discovered this scene of a thatched cottage in a place called Little Hazley which is situated in Oxfordshire, a virtually untouched part of our English landscape where time stands still. I changed the road from tarmac into a dirt path which I thought would be more fitting for this type of scene, beside  I don’t much like tamac in paintings! The painting was snapped up at an exhibition I had in Staffordshire.

 

Commissions are welcome, all subjects, please contact me here.

 

 

‘Hard Winter’

This painting was purchased by a client who purchased a Limited Edition Print of HMS Warspite. He also commissioned me to paint a picture depicting Warspite during the first world war, embarking and passing through the Forth Bridge on her way to the Battle of Jutland. The Painting hangs in his house in Canada.

 

An oil painting of pheasants foraging for food in set in a wooded snowy landscape

‘Hard Winter’

Oil on canvas 16″ x 20″

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‘Portrait of a Hereford Bull Resting’

Oil on canvas panel 8 x 10 in

This is my latest animal painting of a pollard Hereford Bull.

Hereford cattle, especially bulls make great paintings. I saw this magnificent beast relaxing in a field whilst out walking in Cumbria and immediately thought it would make for a great painting. I like the result and hope that you do to.

Painting available to purchase :: To contact me please click here
An oil portrait painting of an polarded Hereford Bull lying down in a field resting

‘Portrait of a Hereford Bull Resting’

Commissions welcome,any subject :: To contact me, please click here.

 

 

 

 

 

‘Posthumous Portrait Study of a Cross Bred Dog’

Portrait study in pencil of a cross bred dog called Millie

‘Milly’

Pencil on card 10″ x 7″ approx;

This is a posthumous drawing of a dog. I don’t normally do pencil drawings but as I was asked by a client who wanted to surprise her husband with this drawing as a birthday gift, and as she has bought things off me in the past, on this occasion I said that I would and decided to let her have it at a discounted price. To cut a long story short, she has never seen the drawing and I’ve not seen her since. Fortunately for me this type of occurrence has never happened before, so to put the drawing to use, I decided to create a new gallery that will show off any drawings that I decide to do in the future. In the past the only drawing that I’ve done are preparatory sketches for paintings where I go straight in with a brush. As far as the discipline of drawing goes, age and indolence has caught me up and I intend to use a pencil a lot more, there is nothing quite like it to teach you about light and shade.