The Art of Survival: exhibition launches to honour David Shepherd’s legacy

The Art of Survival’ – on show from 16 – 31 January 2019 – Gladwell & Patterson

Yesterday evening, the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF), together with some of David’s family, attended the opening of a special exhibition and celebration of David Shepherd’s remarkable painting career.

The evening was particularly special for me as an opportunity to see some of Grandad’s earliest and most iconic works, many of which I had never even seen before! I was delighted to attend the opening night of ‘The Art of Survival’ and to see the beautifully curated exhibition that is helping to support the Foundation through the sales of Grandad’s work.

Georgina Lamb, DSWF’s Head of Programmes and Policy, and David Shepherd’s granddaughter.

Curated by Gladwell & Patterson at their gallery in Knightsbridge, ‘The Art of Survival’ is a unique exhibition of some of David’s early, iconic, and rarely seen paintings.  We are thrilled to be working in partnership with the family run gallery, who have long championed David’s artistic and charitable work, and we would like to extend our sincere thanks to all at Gladwell & Patterson for their continued support.

I would highly recommend that all art and conservation connoisseurs, or simply enthusiasts, make the time to go and see this fantastic show. It combines the two passions and commitments that Grandad embraced and instilled within the Foundation; to conserve wildlifeand to use the creative arts as a platform for conversation and change – A legacy which we are now working so hard to continue in his name. Grandad would have been overwhelmed at seeing so many of his beautiful pieces together in one exhibition, even more so because a percentage of sales are going to help the beloved animals which graced his canvases, many of which were seen on the walls last night.” said Georgina.

After attending the Foundation’s annual fundraising dinner at The Dorchester with David in 2014, Gladwell and Patterson’s Anthony Fuller wrote: “David is a truly remarkable man, one I have had the pleasure of knowing for 30 years at Gladwell’s. His work in the conservation of both steam engines and wildlife has given him some incredible subjects to translate to canvas. Some of my favourite examples over the years have been some amazing safari scenes and those wonderful elephants.

The exhibition and celebration of David’s paintings showcases a beautiful selection of his work, spanning his extraordinary career, with 10% of the net profits from any sales donated to DSWF to help fund conservation efforts.

If you are in London between now and 31st January, we thoroughly recommend visiting this beautifully curated glimpse at David Shepherd’s art legacy; a truly great honour to his memory.

Find out more about the exhibition and view all paintings online here on the Gladwell & Patterson website.