Abstract, circa 1950
Framed (ref: 555)
Pen and ink, watercolour and gouache, 12 x 16 1/2 in. (30.5 x 42 cm.)
Provenance: Christine Sheppard, the artist’s daughter
Although best known as an illustrator, especially of magazines such as Lilliput, Picture Post and The Studio as well as of children’s books, Sheppard was one of the most gifted painters of wildlife of his generation. He was also an extremely diverse artist, producing semi-abstract and surrealist images alongside those of a purely realistic nature.
Sheppard’s abstract works probably date to the late 1940s and early 1950s. Organic in form, they were a natural extension of the interest he had in plants and animals, but are likely to have been equally informed by his work with the Royal Air Force photographic section from 1939 to 1945.