Artwork by Peter Clapham Sheppard,  A Young Man
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Lot #123

P.C. Sheppard
A Young Man

oil on canvas
signed lower right
30 x 24 ins ( 76.2 x 61 cms )

Estimated: $6,000.00$4,000.00 - $6,000.00

Opens January 18th at 10:00:00 AM EST
Closes February 1st at 03:45:00 PM EST
Provenance:
Private Collection, Ontario
Exhibited:
Sixty-Sixth Annual Exhibition, Ontario Society of Artists, Art Gallery of Toronto, no. 159
By the late 1920s, P.C. Sheppard’s art had steadily become distinctly post-impressionist in style. In the 1930s, he chose urban and figural subjects in central Toronto, predominantly in the Ward district, known for its multicultural and large immigrant populations. “A Young Man”, dating to 1938, exemplifies the artist’s modernist approach, particularly in the vibrant colour palette. The sitter’s vivid teal sweater is contrasted with a solid mustard background; the yellow shade is repeated in the shirt collar as well as on the man’s cheekbone.

The sitter’s identity in “A Young Man” remains a mystery. Sheppard would have encountered numerous people in his life as an artist and documentalist in a bustling city as diverse as Toronto. As more archival material continues to be uncovered surrounding Sheppard’s life and career, we will hopefully also discover the identities and stories of his many sitters.
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Peter Clapham Sheppard
(1882 - 1965) OSA, RCA

Peter Clapham Sheppard was born in Toronto on October 21, 1881. He apprenticed at engraving houses such as at Rolph, Clark, Stone Ltd. in Toronto, where he became a highly skilled lithographer. He received his art training at the Central Ontario School of Art and Design and the Ontario College of Art under George Reid, John William Beatty, and William Cruickshank. Between 1912 and 1914, he obtained nine Honours Diplomas for for painting and drawing and was awarded the Sir Edmund Walker Scholarship and the Stone Scholarship (Life Classes).

After 1912, Sheppard travelled extensively throughout Europe and the United States. He was elected a member of the Ontario Society of Artists in 1918 and an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1929. His works were shown in many of the annual R.C.A., O.S.A. and C.N.E. exhibitions, along side works by Tom Thomson, Frederick Varley and J.E.H. MacDonald. His artworks were also included in The British Empire Exhibition, Wembley 1925, L’Exposition D’Art Canadien, Paris 1927, The Exhibition of Contemporary Canadian Painting (Southern Dominions) 1936 and The World’s Fair, New York 1939. Sheppard’s work is held in collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian War Museum and the National Gallery of Canada.

In 2010, Sheppard’s works were prominently featured in the “Defiant Spirits” exhibition at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, curated by noted Canadian author Ross King. Powerful images such as “The Building of the Bloor Street Viaduct (1916)”, “Toronto Gasworks, (1912)” and “The Engine Home, (1919)” attested to Sheppard’s unchronicled contribution to modernism and to the city of Toronto in the formative years of its art history. P.C. Sheppard’s artwork is visible at the thirty-three second mark within this “Group of Seven: Defiant Sprits Exhibition” video - http://goo.gl/FS4C7x

(Source: The Estate of the Artist)