Saturday, 8 June 2013

Raymond Sheppard exhibition - June 16th - June 30th 2013

Bear Studies(1) by Raymond Sheppard (used with permission)
The Wildlife Art Gallery, in the beautiful village of Lavenham (over the Essex border in Suffolk), is hosting an exhibition of Sheppard's wildlife art from June 16th - June 30th 2013. I visited the previous Sheppard exhibition and can recommend the Gallery without hesitation. It's a lovely space and 'WAG', as it's abbreviated, sells books as well as art. The best book on Sheppard - so far, said he optimistically - is on sale for £38 at WAG. The website is well worth spending some time on as WAG generously share many artists' work. Ralph Thompson's artwork will also be on display at the same time as Sheppard

The WAG site states:
This exhibition celebrates the centenary of the birth of Raymond Sheppard. Sadly his life was cut short from cancer at the age of 45. He was a very talented artist and illustrator and during his life he produced many paintings and sketches. He illustrated numerous books and magazine articles, drawing and painting every thing from landscape to people and animals. Many of his commissions involved animals as he was considered to be one of the best artists to work in that field, combining realistic habitat with accurate depictions of the animal or bird. Among his credits were ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ by Ernest Hemingway, a series of books about man eating tigers by Jim Corbett and a series of books on how to draw animals. In order to get reference material he spent countless hours at the London Zoo, filling many sketchbooks and loose sheets of paper. The best of these studies he cut out and kept in folders as reference for his various illustration work. It is these drawings that form the basis of this exhibition and they are displayed as he cut them out but now are arranged and framed to form groups or subjects. 
 There are some lovely sketches and finished pieces on the website

Bear studies (2) (Used with permission)

Did you know....the population of Lavenham has not substantially changed in two thousand years ? 

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