Deirdre Shepherd

Fellowship:  May 2003 – May 2008 The Forge

Artform: Printing/Painting

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‘I am a Hertfordshire based painter and printmaker but grew up in Ireland. Although my vision is rooted with the experience of growing up in Ireland, I am attuned to the narratives within the landscape. My painting is a gradual build up of layers, scraping back and drawing into the work. I am not trying to paint a topographical likeness. My aim is to convey an ephemeral quality, a sense of something partly seen or remembered. In this way and using these techniques I hope to encourage the viewer to look close and discover images emerging, portraying hidden depths and complexities. I am suggesting what the place is like through superimpositions of memory and myth and through the elemental use of materials. My work is usually on a small scale. The paintings are tile-like and incorporate media such as gold leaf, which gives the work a kind of preciousness, like contemporary illuminated manuscripts.’


2006       PG Cert Business and Digital Skills

2000-02    Herts College, Watford PDD in Printmaking, University of Hertfordshire

1996-1999  BA (Hons) Fine Art -University of Hertfordshire


2006:      Contemporary Printmakers, The Long Room Gallery, Tring

2005:      The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea

2004:      On The Wall, Grand Hall, Olympia

2003       Fresh Art, Business Design Centre, Islington

2002:      R K Burt, Union Street, London ‘Press To Print’-Watford Printmakers

The Museum of Garden History, Lambeth Palace Road,London ‘Bloomin’ Art’

2001:      The Place, Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth, Herts ‘Homes And Gardens 2’

Llewellyn Alexander, Waterloo ‘NOT The Royal Academy Summer Show’

The Courtyard Arts Centre, Hertford ‘Life Force’

2000:      Llewellyn Alexander, Waterloo ‘NOT The Royal Academy Summer Show’

Ashridge House, Herts ‘Ashridge Young Artist’s Exhibition’

The Courtyard Arts Centre, Hertford ‘Homes and Gardens’

Whiteleys, Queensway, London “From The Edge’

1999:      Hanging Space Newington Green, London ‘From The Edge’

Crossfire Perific Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands ‘Tracks # 4’

Crossfire Perific Arts, Amsterdam, Netherlands ‘Magazijn 1999’

Works in Private Collections in UK, Ireland, France and the Netherlands

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