Shapiro Fine Art

Traditional oil paintings by Fine Artist Derek Shapiro

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‘A Pair of Apples and Gooseberries’ (1)

A Still Life oil painting on a panel of some apples with Gooseberries

A fresh Cox’s which I find firm, crispy and sweet happen to be along with a good Egremont Russet my favourite.

In this painting I’m not sure which variety of this one is from, or the variety of the Gooseberries for I inherited the tree and the bush they were picked from along with the house sometime ago.

At the time my home studio overlooked the vegetable garden and I was self sufficient with vegetables.

Alas I’ve given up growing vegetables for I spent more time in the veg patch than I did painting and made a decision to lawn it over.

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A still life painting of a pair of apples with some gooseberries
A Pair of Apples and Gooseberries (1)

Oil on panel 5 x 7 in – 12.7 x 17.78 cm

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‘Birds Nest with Hawthorne’, on zinc panel the 2nd print that went to publishers.

An oil painting of a birds nest with Hawthorne set on a mossy ground

For those that are interested, the reason why this was painted onto zinc stems from working as a Ceramic Artist in the china industry for Coalport, because it was a similar ground to bone china to paint on.

I like the detail of this painting something I picked up at Coalport, which I carried forward to later work, it has been particularly useful for painting still life where you can bring the detail to the fore, my biggest problem was getting rid of small squirrel, badger & ox hair brushes. I now go straight in with bristle brushes and finish off with smaller sables.

Since the advent of digital imaging and the way technology has moved forward in leaps and bounds has made websites etc possible. If I’m totally honest about it I don’t much like it as it robs me of my painting, but realize to a certain degree, you have got to jump on the bandwagon or get left behind.

The original painting was stolen along with my my car whilst I was on business in York, if anybody knows of it’s whereabouts please get in touch.

I have on offer as I’ve photographed most of my originals and select a few to go to print, Limited Edition Lithograph of this painting.

A birds nest painting in oil on a panel surrounded by Hawthorne on a natural ground
‘Birds Nest with Hawthorne’

Oil on zinc 8 x 10 in – 20.32 x 25.4 cm

Primroses painted in oil of a birds nest and 1 butterfly.

An oil painting of a birds nest and butterfly with primroses against a mossy bank.

A still life oil painting on canvas, in an oval format painted in the Victorian style of painting.

In this picture is a beautiful realistic image of a Painted Lady butterfly, it makes me little sad and its a shame that the life span of these insects in the wild, from egg to death, is a mere 15 to 29 days.

I used to work from a home studio and painted for an agent as well as teaching art part time in adult education, and this would be one of the last paintings I did for him, until I opened my first gallery.

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A painting of primroses with a birds nest and a butterfly in the traditional Victorian style of painting
‘Birds Nest with Primroses’

Oil on Oval panel 8 x 10 in – 20.32 x 25.4 cm

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A commissioned still life painting of an apple called ‘Allington Pippin’

An apple painting commissioned and inspired by my days working as an artist at Coalport China

I used a cotton canvas for this painting, as opposed to a panel which gives it a totally different appearance. The last fruit painting I did was of a Cox’s which should give you an example of how important it is of choosing the right ground to paint upon. Although in my opinion they are equally as good, I think the colours of the one on canvas are more subdued and softer than the painting of, as this example of a Cox’s shows.

Depending on the area of the country where these apples are grown will have an effect on the appearance and colours where they are grown.

Allington Pippin is a cross with a Cox’s Orange Pippin and a King of the Pippins, which give it that distinctive flavour.

A still life oil painting of an apple called Allington Pippin
‘Allington Pippin’

Oil on canvas 5 x 7 in

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Still Life Fruit Study of an apple called, ‘Blenheim Orange’

There are well over 1200 varieties of English Apple and they all have enchanting names

These small fruit studies make charming paintings and have proven to be popular amongst collectors all over. Acklam Russets, Barnack Beauty, Nutmeg Pippin, Knobby Russet, to name a few, there are to many to mention.

The inspiration for these paintings stems from the stylised fruit that I was trained to paint during my time working for Coalport China.

Studies, such as the ‘Blenheim Orange’ which I paint today, have much more realism. I have a grower of various varieties of apple locally and can set them up in the studio and work from life.

There is no substitute for observation than working from nature, nature being our greatest teacher.

Still life painting of a fallen apple with Blackberries
‘Blenheim Orange’

Oil on panel 5 x 7 in – 17.78 x 12.7 cm

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A Pair of Apples and Gooseberries (2)

There are over 1200 varieties of English apple, many of which have been crossed with a cox. In this painting I’m not sure which variety this one is from, for I inherited the tree they were picked from along with the house sometime ago. All I know is that it’s a good eater and makes a great apple pie.

A Pair of Apples and Gooseberries

Oil on panel 5 x 7 in – 12.7 x 17.78 cm

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‘Two Inkpots and An Old Stone Jar’

All of my still life work is done in my studio, where I can stage manage objects and move things around in my house. In this case I used a shelf above an old Victorian range in an old scullery for two old inkpots and an old stone jar, a backdrop which I shall be using for further still life paintings that I’m working on. There is nothing finer to concentrate the mind than a still life painting, especially with the light and cast shadows which can only define the shape. Strange and fascinating how you can give life to inanimate objects.

‘Still Life of Two Inkpots and a Stoneware Jar’

Oil on canvas panel 6.50 x 5.50 in – 16.51 x 13.97 cm

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Still Life Painting Of A Fallen Apple.

This apple called James Grieve is an old variety of apple and gets its name from its breeder, these small fruit studies make charming paintings and have proven to be popular amongst collectors, there are well over1200 varieties of English Apple, they have enchanting names Acklam Russets, Barnack Beauty, Nutmeg Pippin, Knobby Russet…and many more. The inspiration for these paintings stems from the stylized fruit that I was trained to paint during my time working for Coalport China, part of the world famous Wedgwood Group. Studies such as these , which I paint today, have much more realism, I have a grower of various varieties of apple locally and can set them up in the studio and work from life, there is no substitute for observation than working from nature, nature being our greatest teacher.

An oil painting of an fallen apple and Blackberries on a natural ground
‘James Grieve’

Oil on panel 5 x 7 in 12.7 x 17.78 cm

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‘Still Life of a Brace of Pheasants a Country Chair and Shotgun’

After seeing my work on my website I received a contact form and was commissioned to paint this picture with the following brief.

Hello We have often admired your paintings. We have two gold coloured ornate frames. The measurements being. Overall frame size 39cm H by 34cm W Canvas View size 29cm H by 24cm W Rear fitting size 30.5cm H by 25.5cm W The pictures are for a dining room. 1) Picture of grapes, plumbs and a wine glass on a rustic table or cheese board. (https://wp.me/p2Ijh6-DW).  2) Picture of a brace of shot pheasants draped over a country house chair with shot gun leaning against it. In both cases we would be open to suggestions. We would be interested in whether or not this is something you would consider doing. We accept that charges would be dictated by time and detail going into each picture but a rough idea of price would be helpful. This would help us decide if this is the route to go. Kind regards Eddy

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'Still Life of a Brace of Pheasants a Country Chair and Shotgun' Oil on canvas 10 x 8 ins
‘A Brace of Pheasants a Country Chair and Shotgun’

Oil on canvas 10 x 8 in

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Still Life-Hanging Partridge With Garlic

An oil painting of a brace of French Partridge, along with Garlic bulbs on a stone shelf ready for the pot.

Oil on canvas 20 x 16 ins
‘A Brace of French Partridge’

Oil on canvas 20 x 16 in

This painting is in my collection but I would consider selling. should.

Should you be interested then please get in touch.

Commissions are welcome any subject.