Shapiro Fine Art

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

‘Into the Mist’ – Selected by the Royal Society of Marine Artists

This painting of HMS Trenchant is of a Trafalgar-class nuclear powered submarine.

Sometime ago, I painted the flagship to this submarine (HMS Trafalgar) which was entered into a Navy Days exhibition in Plymouth, the exhibition was given over entirely to submarine pictures and the painting was sold at the exhibition.

The painting of HMS Trenchant is seen here on trials, coming into Faslane, Scotland and was selected for exhibition at the Royal Society of Marine Artist at the Mall Galleries. I have the painting in my collection (although I would consider selling).

 

An oil painting of HMS Trenchant, first of the nuclear powered submarines (T-Class). On trials in Faslane.

‘Into the Mist’ HMS Trenchant

Oil on canvas 18 x 30 ins

Available to purchase, please click here

‘Late Afternoon’ Twixt Rain and Shine’, The Lledr River, Dolwyddelan, North Wales

The inspiration behind this painting was taken whilst out walking along the River Lledr in North Wales. It was a glorious sunny day and  there came on a torrential rain storm which disappeared as soon as it came. I was struck in the change of light from very bright sunshine as the ground and foliage soaked up the rain, and the different greens became much darker and richer and took on as it so often does in the North Welsh landscape pearly looking green greys. I have to say that it is one of my favourite landscapes, so much so that even though I would probably sell it, it sits quite happily in my collection and hangs on the wall of my house.

An oil on canvas landscape painting of a River Scene in North Wales

‘Late Afternoon’ Twixt Rain and Shine’, The Lledr River, Dolwyddelan, North Wales

Commissions invited, any subject : Contact me here

‘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.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maer_Hall

‘Foggy Morning’

I sold this painting from my gallery, which is housed in a rural complex of North Staffordshire. There is a  driven pheasant shoot on an estate about half a mile away. The client who bought the painting is into field sports in a big way and is a member of the shoot.

An oil on canvas painting of a fieldsports man shooting pheasants on the second drive of a pheasant shoot with his labrador Peg dog sitting by his side

‘Foggy Morning’ 

Oil on canvas 20″ x 30″

Commissions welcome of you on your favourite game shoot :: Contact me here

 

‘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

 

‘The Rat Catchers’

I spotted these two Jack Russell’s hunting rats inside an old farm barn. I spent the afternoon with sketch pad making studies of these Jacks, as they were with much excitement kept busy searching out rats. As I couldn’t sketch them together,as in this final painting, I took separate studies and placed them on a bail of straw together as if they had just entered the barn eager to begin their adventure.

‘The Rat Catchers’

 

Oil on canvas 13″ x 16″

Painting available to purchase :: All inquiries please click here.

Commissions invited, any subject.

‘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