Shapiro Fine Art

Traditional oil paintings by Fine Artist Derek Shapiro

The Flagship To HMS Trenchant – HMS Trafalgar

The first in a line of nuclear powered submarines, HMS Trafalgar https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Trafalgar_(S107) was decommissioned sometime ago, seen here going into Plymouth Sound, I entered this painting into a Navy Day’s exhibition some years ago and sold the painting as a result of the exhibition.

‘T-Class Stealth’

Oil on canvas 18 x 30 in – 45.72 x 76.2 cm

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Royal Navy submarine HMS Trenchant to star in new Channel 5 documentary

Submarine: Life Beneath the Waves

Painting seen here on trials – First launched on 3 November 1986

 Oil on canvas 18 x 30 in – 45.72 x 76.2 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.

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‘A pair of Apples and Gooseberries’

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

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‘Late Summer’ Hathersage Derbyshire

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On a misty day in late summer it rained for most of the day, which was reduced to a drizzle in the early afternoon. In the Derwent Valley the village of Hathersage which is situated in the Peak District of Derbyshire, can just be seen in the distance looking back between the trees. To the right of the painting you can drop down a bank to the River Derwent, where you can cross the river by way of stepping stones which take you to the other side, and you can continue along a worn river path which takes you into the village of Shatton, it makes for a good circular walk.

Landscape painting of a scene near Hathersage, Derbyshire
‘Late Summer’ Hathersage Derbyshire

Oil on canvas 12 x 16 in – 30.84 x 40.64 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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The historical village of Maer ‘St Peter’s Church’ (1)

St Peter’s Church is situated in a small rural village close to my gallery, the painting was commissioned by a lovely couple who sometime ago got married in the church.

“Its main feature is the large 17th-century stone built country house, Maer Hall, built on a slope above a lake or “mere”, gave the house and estate its name. The Hall became the home of Josiah Wedgwood II and was frequently visited by his nephew Charles Darwin, who went on to marry Josiah’s daughter Emma at St. Peter’s Church, which stands higher on the hillside close to the Hall. When she was young Emma helped her older sister Elizabeth with the Sunday School, which was held in Maer Hall laundry, giving sixty village children their only formal training in reading, writing and religion. The grave of Josiah Wedgwood II and his wife Elizabeth in the churchyard, has a view down over the Hall”.

‘St Peter’s Church’

 Oil on linen canvas panel 25.4 cm x 35.56 cm

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‘Whitmore Church’ Oil painting

This is a past painting of Saint Mary and All Saints Parish Church situated in Staffordshire, near to Newcastle Under Lyme. I was commissioned to paint the church by clients who’s son got married their and as the clock states at half past one on a sunny afternoon.

‘Saint Mary and All Saints Parish Church’

Oil on canvas 20.32 x 30.48 cm

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‘Early Morning Light’ Westzaan’ Netherlands

An early morning painting of a windmill set in Westzaan, a town in the Dutch province of North Holland in the municipality of Zaanstad. I had an exhibition of wild life paintings in Westzaan and did this painting sometime after back in my studio, the whole of the exhibition was devoted to wild life paintings. .

An oil painting of a windmill in the early morning with a pair of Mallard ducks landing in the dyke
‘ Early Morning Light’

Oil on panel 25.4 x 35.56 cm

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‘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 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trafalgar-class_submarine (now decommissioned) which was entered into a Navy Days exhibition in Plymouth, the exhibition was given over entirely to submarine pictures and the painting of HMS Trafalgar was sold as a result of 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’

Oil on canvas 18 x 30 ins

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