Shapiro Fine Art

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

‘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

‘Peregrine Falcon’

A truly iconic species and claimed to be the fastest bird on earth.The Peregrine Falcon has been recorded with stoop speeds of over 200 miles per hour!

 

an oil painting of a bird of prey perched on a rock

‘Peregrine Falcon’

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

Commissions invited, any subject, contact me 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.

 

‘Egremont Russet’

'Egremont Russet's' Oil on canvas 5 x 7 ins

‘Egremont Russet’ Oil on canvas 5 x 7 ins

These small fruit studies make charming paintings and have proven to be popular amongst collectors. There are over 1200 varieties of English Apple, they have enchanting names:  Acklam Russet, Barnack Beauty, Nutmeg Pippin, Knobby Russet…and many more.

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 these ‘Egremont Russet’ 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 for working from life.

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

‘Cottage at Osmaston’ Derbyshire

An oil painting on a panel of a thatched cottage in a small hamlet with chickens feeding in the foreground.

‘Cottage at Osmaston’ Derbyshire 

Oil on panel

I discovered this cottage whilst out walking in the small hamlet of Osmaston which is situated between Uttoxeter and Ashbourne in the County of Derbyshire. Osmaston has numerous thatched cottages, some that I have painted before, such as ‘Lane End’, which is around the corner from the above painting. With the privilege of artists licence I renamed it Lane End because it was situated at the bottom of the road. With licence again I changed the tarmac to a dirt lane and added the Rhode Island Red chickens and the figure having just fed them leaving the scene.

Commissions are welcome any subject, 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.

‘ Brooklands Lake’

IMG_3698.Brooklands Lake

‘Brooklands Lake’  Oil on canvas panel 8 x 10 in    🔴

Oil on canvas 8 x 12 in

Painted for a client who has had a number of paintings off me.

Brian, who over the years has become a good friend, dug the lake out in this painting and has recently stocked it with various types of fish.

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