David Shepherd CBE – Teenage Tiger Original

Medium:  Oil on Canvas in a frame

Dimensions: 19 x 29cms

A young Tiger relaxing in the undergrowth

As quoted by David: ‘In one of my braver moments, I was invited by the late John Aspinall to go in and play with one of his tigresses, who happened to have five very young cubs.  She took no notice of me as I watched her cubs playing around her but on reflection, I would not be allowed to do this now.  I still believe that that marvellous tigress knew I meant no harm – she acted just like a very large pussy cat!’

Limited Edition Prints of 1500 produced in 1992

Tigers are arguably one of world’s most iconic big cats. Their distinctive orange and black striped coat and fearless attitude have endeared them to world renowned literature and films such as ‘Life of Pi’, William Blake’s ‘The Tyger’, Tigger from Winnie the Pooh and Jungle Book’s Shere Khan. Tragically, there are fewer that 4000 tigers left in the wild, seeing a devastating 96% decrease in just 100 years.  The Amur tiger is the largest existing big cat species in the world. There are nine subspecies of tiger, three of which are extinct and one which is extinct in the wild.There are now more tigers in captivity in American backyards than there are in the wild. The illegal trade in tigers and tiger parts is driving the species to extinction.  Since 1950, the world’s population has tripled, and agricultural and human settlement is encroaching on the tiger’s native ranges. As the human population expands the more likely this bold predator is to come into conflict with people, under pressure from declining resources.

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.

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 29 × 19 cm

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