David Shepherd CBE – Cheetahs Original NOW SOLD April 2023

Medium:  Original Oil on Canvas Framed

Dimensions : 47 x 78cms

A family group of cheetahs resting.  Painted in early 1990 from which silkscreen prints were published.

As quoted by David: “This painting was inspired by the vast skies of the Serengeti in Tanzania. The cheetah is the fastest animal on four legs over a short distance, able to attain speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.   When moving fast, these animals often take up the most unpaintable anatomical positions.  They make a much better painting when still, but alert, peering into the distance and are indeed beautiful creatures.  The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is one of the finest places to see cheetah close.  On one occasion, Avril and I were out with the game warden, it had been raining heavily and there was a lot of mud on the windscreen of the land rover.  We came across a small group of cheetah and one jumped up onto the front of the vehicle, possibly mistaking us for an anthill from which it could get a better view of the surrounding landscape. The warden wound down his window, grabbed hold of the tail to wipe the windscreen clean.  The cheetah seemed oblivious of what was happening and took no notice. (Not to be recommended!)   Tourism is a vital element in the long-term survival  of Africa’s game but it has to be properly managed.  Cheetahs have adapted their hunting methods when most of the humans are resting in their lodges and hunt in the afternoon.”

Thanks to the family, a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this artwork will support DSWF’s work protecting endangered species across Africa and Asia.

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David SHEPHERD CBE, FRSA, FGRA (1931-2017) was a founding father of the wildlife art movement whose work has become synonymous with Africa, wildlife and conservation. Known as ‘The Man who Loved Giants’ for his iconic elephant artwork, for decades his paintings have graced the walls of homes, libraries, exhibitions and public spaces and excite a passion in the viewer much like the emotion he felt during the creation of his work.  In 1984 he established DSWF to channel his own conservation efforts and to fund vital enforcement and community projects that continue to make a real difference to wildlife survival. To date, through his tireless efforts, and thanks to the generosity of the Foundation’s dedicated supporters, including artists from around the world, over £11 million has been given away directly in grants to keep key projects in Africa and Asia alive and operational. David was best loved for his archetypal African scenes portraying dusty waterholes teaming with life, capturing the heat and haze of an African landscape, all of which bring to life the sounds, smells and textures of a continent he called his second home. Beyond wildlife art, David had a prolific painting career which focused on many other topics and subjects. With an equal passion and love for military subjects, steam trains, landscapes and lesser seen portraits, his numerous originals and prints are held by collectors around the world.

At the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, we sell a host of David Shepherd prints, limited edition collections and even originals to help honour his legacy of the ‘Art of Survival’ by giving back to conservation through every sale.  David was passionate in his belief that wildlife art could make a real and tangible difference to the protection of species and their habitats, and his incredible legacy has proved just how true this is, something we are proud to continue in his name today.

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Dimensions 79 × 47 cm