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Gordon Shepard

Born in New York City in 1930, Gordon Shepard was raised in an artistic family. He performed and made visual art his entire life. Shepard’s father, Otis Shepard, was a well-known commercial artist and art director of the Wrigley Company for thirty years. Shepard worked at Creativity Explored’s second studio from 1992 until his death in December 2011.

Shepard created exclusively representational drawings and paintings, using acutely accurate perspective and shading, and saturated colors. From acrobats to clowns to striped tents, the common theme running through all of his artwork is the circus. Shepard was once a clown in Big John Strong & Sons circus and he loved to reminisce about his days as a performer. When he wasn't talking about clowns, Shepard visually explored the theme in all manner of media. In 2002, he created a sculptural rendition of a circus sideshow, meticulously executed on 1/12 scale, taking him over a year to complete.

Shepard was the subject of a documentary film appropriately titled Clown (2007).

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Samples of Shepard's work





Selected Exhibitions

2013
SIDESHOW, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2011
SMALL, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
The Masters, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2010
Ritual/Habitual, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Paper!Awesome!, Baer Ridgeway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA
Santos y Otros Creatures, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2009
"Science" Fiction, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
TV and Me, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2007
Super Heroes Super Villains, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2006
Sacred Places, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Vessels, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA

2005
Revenge of Monster, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
Aliens: the Green Ones, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA
The Pink Show, Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA