Untitled (Winter Town) by Peter Sheppard

Oil On Canvas
29.25 × 35.25 inches
74.3 × 89.54 cm
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A white-blue winter road draws the viewer into a picture plane of stacked houses in bright yellow, green and purple-red leading to a hillside dotted in trees in this oil on canvas. The strong outline of the houses and robust, linear direction of the vegetation reflects the artist's background as a commercial illustrator. Framed dimensions are 40 x 46 inches. Sheppard began work at age 16 as a commercial illustrator for the lithographers Barclay, Clark & Co. (later Rolf-Clark-Stone Limited), with whom he stayed for most of his working life. Sheppard divided his time between production of materials for the advertising industry and landscape painting on trips across Ontario. Sheppard studied at the Central Ontario School of Art and Industrial Design (later named the Ontario College of Art in 1912) under George Reid, John William Beatty, and William Cruickshank. He was the recipient of the Sir Edmund Walker Scholarship and later the Stone Scholarship (Life Classes) in 1913-14, as well as nine Honors diplomas for painting, drawing, and composition. After 1912, Sheppard was able to travel extensively throughout Europe and the United States. He exhibited extensively, including at Wembley in 1925, the Jeu de Paume in Paris in 1927 and the World’s Fair in New York in 1939. He became a member of the Ontario Society of Artists in 1918 and was made an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1929. His work is held in collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian War Museum and the National Gallery of Canada.

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