Shapiro Fine Art

Traditional oil paintings by Fine Artist Derek Shapiro

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‘Study of a Hanging Pheasant and Cartridge Bag’

Oil on canvas 24″ x 20″ x 60.96cm x 50.8


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Gladstone Pottery Museum

A pencil drawing of the Gladstone pottery which was owned by the Shelley family after it lay in dereliction.

First opened by the Shelley family in 1787, a pottery factory producing earthenware and out sourcing plates and dishes made by Josiah Wedgewood of Etruria, Stoke On Trent. The pottery closed in 1970 and was saved from demolition some ten years after it last fired its bottle ovens and finally opened as a working museum in 1974, in the 1990s ownership passed to Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

‘ Gladstone Pottery Museum’

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The Fastest Steam Locomotive On The Planet

‘Mallard’, the world’s fastest steam engine passing through York Station. Brought out of mothballs and seen in 1988 when it took part in commemorations. Designed by Nigel Gresley , this loco holds the record for speed, on 3 July 1938, the A4 class locomotive Mallard raced down Stoke Bank at 126 mph to set a new steam locomotive world speed record, that still stands today.

The Mallard
‘ Mallard ‘ Passing through York Station

Oil on canvas 20 x 30 in

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Drawings – Derelict Bottle Ovens

This is drawing number five of derelict listed Bottle Ovens where over 20,000 people lost their jobs.

Johnson Brothers pottery was one of the most successful Staffordshire potteries, importing many of their tableware products across the pond to the United States, doing so successfully for seven decades from the 1890s to the 1960s with the loss of 1000 jobs They finally ceased trading in 2003 and production was moved overseas to China and finally ceased in 2015.

The factory was demolished in 2004 and the two remaining Bottle Ovens where listed in 1987. Yet another sad demise of the Pottery Industry of Stoke On Trent.

‘Johnson Brothers’

Pencil on card.

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‘Five Minutes’

A past painting I did for one of the Beaters that used to work on the shoot behind my gallery in North Staffordshire. A Signed Limited Edition Print of this painting is available on request.

‘Five Minutes’

Oil on canvas 24″ x 36″

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New Drawing – Pot Bank Series

A further bottle oven saved and listed by the City Council and included in the Drawings Page in the demise of the pottery industry.

Originally built in 1880 for the Smithfield Pottery manufacturers and decorators and taken over by Robert Sherwin Ltd. Robert Sherwin was a manufacturer of brushes mainly for the pottery industry and finally closed it’s doors after 50 years of business at the beginning of 1984. The site was purchased by the local authority and is now a Grade II listed building and is the only one of it’s kind to have survived in the Potteries.

‘Robert Sherwin Ltd’

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Limited Edition Print Offer

Strictly Limited To Just 30 Signed And Numbered Prints

I was commissioned to paint the original, along with another still life painting, by a client who appeared one day at the gallery. I liked the out come of the original so much, because of the varied challenging subject matter, the waxy look of the outdoor coat, the shotgun resting against the country chair, the brace of pheasants, along with the old cooking range set in a back scullery I decided to have a small number published. Should you like to take up this offer then fill out the form below and I will get back to you. There will be a reduction in the price if you would prefer to have it mounted and framed.

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

‘ Classic Day Out ‘

Classic Day Out’ isย  a water colour of Alan Davis, in his cherished MGB Roadster leaving Lewtrenchard Manor. Alan’s daughter, Catherine, commissioned me to do this painting. Alan now retired, has been in the motoring trade for 47 years, 30 of which were at the helm of his own business. He has completed many restorationsย of old MG’s and has been a member of the MG Club for over 40 years. Although I have never met Alan, through this painting I feel that I have got to know him partially. Alan used Lewtrenchard Manor the backdrop to the painting, forย  business events as well as personal occasions, theย  occasion this time, as the number plate say’s his 70th birthday. What a surprise.


Lewtrenchard Manor

‘Classic Day Out’


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Courtyard setting at the Alhambra

If you get the chance, pay a visit to the Alhambra, a beautiful palace set in the hills in Granada Spain. The Alhambra was a real walled city, built by the Nasrid Kings in the last period of Muslim rule in Spain.

You could spend a lifetime painting scenes of the many entrances and secluded courtyards set within the palace, as well as unending views and sections set within the palace walls.

I was struck by this view of the Lindaraja Courtyard depicted in the painting and, this courtyard alone could have made me work for at least a dozen or more paintings.

‘Lindaraja Courtyard’ Alhambra. Granada. Spain

Oil on panel 10 x 8 ins

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