Shapiro Fine Art

Traditional oil paintings by Fine Artist Derek Shapiro

‘Dartmouth Castle’ Squally Weather Coming In’

Dartmouth Castle , was built to protect Dartmouth harbour in Devon and the earliest part of the castle dates back to the 1380s and was built in response to a French attack.

Whilst holidaying in the South West we took in a day at Dartmouth and the weather turned to rain with a storm coming in. You can take a boat from the castle into Dartmouth town, and I remember asking the boatman to row out into choppy waters to take in this scene of the castle. This is a dour painting of Dartmouth Castle and I have an obsession for realism in attempting to paint the elements as is but I don’t think I would go as far as the famous artist J.M.W Turner, the landscape artist, in being lashed to a mast and witnessing a full force storm whist out at sea !

Landscape painting of Dartmouth Castle with a yacht sailing in with squally weather on the way
‘Dartmouth Castle’ Squally Weather Coming In’

Oil on canvas panel 16″ x 23″

Painting available to purchase

‘Llyn Gwynant and The Glyders’

A landscape painting from one of my favorite haunts which depicts a view looking across Llyn Gwynant to the Glyder Mountains in the distance. Llyn Gwynant is situated in the Snowdonia National Park Gwynedd North Wales. Across the lake you can camp in Ddôl Fach which is an ideal place for canoeing and kayaking as well as a popular place for walkers.

An oil on canvas landscape painting of a view across Llyn Gwynant to Glyder Mountains in Snowdonia National Park Gwynedd North Wales
‘Llyn Gwynant and the Glyders’ North Wales

Oil on canvas 14″ x 20″

Painting available to purchase.

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Drawings – Pot Bank Series

This is the first in a series of Pot Bank drawings left over during the destruction of Stoke On Trent’s pottery industry, in which in 1979, over 20,000 people subsequently lost their jobs. In earlier times most of Stoke On Trent was covered with these bottle ovens bellowing out smoke after being fired up and Stoke On Trent was quickly known as the Potteries, the place to get your china and earthenware from. The larger factories were owned by a smaller group and had been in the family for generations, sadly or not, most are no longer with us during the demise of the pottery industry.

‘Price and Kensington’

Pencil on paper

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Animal Paintings – ‘Pickle’

Pickle is a 2 year old bitch. Her mother was a Poodle x Bichon cross and her father was a Jack Russell x Pomeranian cross and a most loyal little character.

Commissioned as a birthday gift for the client, what a surprise.

‘Pickle’

Oil on Linen canvas panel 8.25 x 11 in

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Commissions invited for 2021

One of my favourite common garden birds. I sold this painting from the wall of my North Staffordshire gallery to a very nice couple from Scotland, who were on holiday and paid me a visit at the gallery.

The Chaffinch
‘Common Chaffinch’ (Fringilla coelebs)
Oil on panel 6 x 8 in
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‘Late Afternoon’ Twixt Rain and Shine’.

This painting was inspired whilst out walking in North Wales and depicts a stretch of the River Lledr (The Afon Lledr pronounced in Welsh) and is situated in the north-west in the Conwy valley.

As the title of the painting suggests, it came onto rain during a lovely sunny day and for a brief moment turned the banks of the river and foliage of the trees into deep rich greens and the background hills took on a misty bluish grey and all cleared away as quick as it came.

'Late Afternoon' Twixt Rain and Shine', The Lledr River, Dolwyddelan, North Wales. Landscape oil painting set in the Lledr valley in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park
‘Late Afternoon’ Twixt Rain and Shine’
The Lledr River, Dolwyddelan, North Wales

Oil on prepared panel 18 x 29.50 in

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‘An Teallach and Little Loch Broom’ Cattle Watering’

‘This fabled mountain is perhaps the most impressive in Britain, and gives a day of drama and views that will live in the memory forever. An Teallach is a mountain in Scotland. It lies to the southwest of Dundonnell and overlooks Little Loch Broom, in an area often nicknamed the “great wilderness”. An Teallach means ‘The Anvil’ or ‘The Forge’ in Scottish Gaelic; although most scholars claim the latter is most correct as the mountain’s name refers more to the colour of the terrain in certain lighting conditions, rather than shape.’

I discovered An Teallach whilst on holiday in the West Coast of Scotland. Some people that paid me a visit at my gallery in Staffordshire owned a cottage in Gruinard in Wester Ross, and I painted a picture for them in exchange for two weeks  stay in their cottage. The painting here was executed some time after back in my studio and is essentially an exhibition painting. It would be technically impossible to paint anything like this on the spot.

'An Teallach and Little Loch Broom' Cattle Watering'

‘An Teallach and Little Loch Broom’ Cattle Watering’

Oil on canvas 24″ x 36″

Commissions invited, any subject

‘Cottage at Osmaston’ Derbyshire

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 this painting. With the privilege of artists licence I renamed it Lane End as it is situated at the bottom of the lane leading to farm fields. With artists licence I changed the tarmac to a dirt lane because I don’t much like tarmac in my paintings and, added the Rhode Island Red chickens and the figure having just fed them leaving the scene.

An oil painting on a panel of a thatched cottage in a small hamlet with chickens feeding in the foreground.
‘Cottage at Osmaston’

Oil on panel

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