an accomplished printmaker and painter, combines human and animal forms, creating images that are at times unsettling and fantastical. Sheppard typically explores the dark side of the human condition: as he himself says, his work relies on metaphors, narratives, and symbolism.
“Combining animal heads on human bodies, my artwork is a metaphorical examination of what it is to be human. The Anthropomorphic figures draw a parallel between the animal world and the human world. This allows the themes and emotions expressed throughout my art to be understood universally rather than specifically. Much like an Aesop Fable or native legend, Crow and Fox are simply stand- ins for me, you, or anyone. With these ‘characters’ in place I choose to explore the more difficult and challenging aspects of being human. Themes involving grief, loss, fear, mental disorders, phobias and anxieties are but a few of many emotional and cognitive experiences that we all as humans deal with at some point in, or throughout, our lives. ”
Dave Sheppard was born in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and moved to Bishop’s Falls Newfoundland at the age of five. He graduated from the Fine Arts program at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in 2001, where he subsequently held two artist residencies. Dave was nominated for emerging artist of the year, and designed the Bishop’s Falls municipal town flag in 2000. Sheppard has exhibited his work in Canada, the United States, and Luxembourg. He has been awarded the Don Wright scholarship at St. Michael’s Printshop (2001) as well as a provincial Arts and Letters Award.
Dave Sheppard currently lives and works at his Square Wheel Studio in Toronto.
Dave Sheppard, Selected CV
2014 – Galley of artwok featured in The Newfoundland Quarterly, vol 106. No 4. 2013 – Two paintings published in Creative Quaterly vol 8, no. 2. Juried 2005 – Nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year Award, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.
- “A Reader in Woody Point” selected for inclusion in12th annual publication of Spectrum:The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art. Juried. 2000 – Designed municipal town flag for Bishop’s Falls, Newfoundland
2012 – “New Watercolours”, Atomic Toybot Gallery, Toronto, ON. -“Dave Sheppard: Printworks”, Graven Feather, Toronto, ON.
2008 – “Metaphor: A Renewed Examination of Recent Works by Dave Sheppard”, Index Gallery, Toronto, ON.
Group Exhibitions: 2-3 Artists
2011 – “New Works: Dave Sheppard, Darren Whalen”, Emma Butler Gallery, St. John’s, NL.
2009 – “Three Painters: John McDonald, Jeanette Meehan and Dave Sheppard”, Emma Butler Gallery, St John’s, NL.
2006 – “New Work: Lori Doody/Dave Sheppard”, Emma Butler Gallery, St. John’s, NL
2014 – “Salon”, Pentimento Gallery, Toronto, ON.
2013 – “Salon”, Pentimento Gallery, Toronto, ON
2010 – “Pulled: A Print Show”, Headbones Gallery, Toronto, ON. – “The Artist Project”, Toronto, ON. Juried
2009 – “The Artist Project”, Toronto, ON. Juried.
2008 – “Winter Salon”, Engine Gallery, Toronto, ON. Juried. – Honorable Mention. “Made to Measure: 28th Annual Juried Art Show”, Arts Etobicoke Gallery. Toronto, ON. Juried
2007 – “Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition”, Toronto, ON. Juried.
2006 – “Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition”, Toronto, ON. Juried
2005 – Award Recipient, “Arts and letters Awards”, Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s, NL. Juried – Juror’s Award, “SeaRose Collection Exhibition”, Humber Resort, Newfoundland
2003 – “Visual Artists of Newfoundland and Labrador, A Celebration”, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, Corner Brook, NL. Juried – “Arts and Letters Awards” Art Gallery of NL and Labrador, St. John’s, NL. Juried
2013, 2014 – Artist in Residence Program, Graven Feather, Toronto, ON.
2005 – Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Painting Grant.
2001 – Don Wright Scholarship, St. Michael’s Printshop, St. John’s, Newfoundland.
2000 – Central Newfoundland Visual Arts Society Scholarship, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL.