Shapiro Fine Art

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

‘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.

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‘ King of the River ‘

Here the Kingfisher and one of my favourite British birds, the painting was snapped up by a keen ornithologist after visiting me at the gallery.

 

 

Oil on canvas 16 x 12 ins

Commission welcome, any subject.

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‘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 called Rosie M 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 owner 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 painted 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 (The Inn At Huxley) . 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)

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‘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.

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‘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.