Phil Shepherd was born in London in 1933. He left school at 14 and worked in a scenic studio who produced back-drops for theatres and display stands, following this he worked repairing window dummies before completing his national service in 1951-1953.
He is a self taught artist and had no formal training. He lived in Soho for a while surviving by doing jobs of a dreary and mundane nature and occasional murals in coffee bars and seedy clubs.
He’s exhibited in Norway, London, and other towns in the British Isles, has spent considerable time in Deya – Mallorca where many artists, writers and musicians reside, notably the writer Robert Graves. There he has shown his work in one man and group shows along with Mati Klarwein and Brett Whiteley.
For the past 18 years he has been living in Haworth, West Yorkshire and has exhibited in group shows there and Harrogate.
During his lifetime he’s worked on book covers and a couple of record sleeves, decorated furniture and a gypsy caravan and worked as a sign writer in London and New York. He has also worked on large inflatable stage props for the Rolling Stones 1990 tour “Urban Jungle” and Roger Walter’s concert commemerating the demelition of the Berlin Wall.
I love this new zine, ‘Ok Werner‘ a collaborative fanzine made by siblings, Yorkshire-based artist Jean McEwan and Glasgow-based musician Brian McEwan about their favourite filmmaker, Werner Herzog.
The zine was made over a period of 4 days in late July 2012 at Jean’s house in Yorkshire on a self appointed ‘Herzog holiday’ and contains our personal and collaborative responses to Herzog and his films via interviews, quotes, images and writing.
The zine is 24 pages, A5, with two colour pages (including the cover), the remaining pages printed in black and white and you can get it here for £1.50 plus postage.
A list of all the music tracks I listened to on my way over to Hebden Bridge on the bus today. (Easy listening Wednesday shuffle).
“I’m looking for someone to find me” ~ Richard Hawley
“This old heart of mine” ~ Isley Brothers
“Harvest Moon” ~ Neil Young
“I’m on fire” ~ Bruce Springsteen
“I can’t go for that” ~ Hall & Oates
“Time will pass you by” ~ Tobi Legend
“Heard them stirring” ~ Fleet Foxes
“Double” ~ Vertiver
“Long train runnin'” ~ The Dobbie Brothers
“Love on a mountain top” ~ Robert Knight
“(You make me feel like) A natural woman” ~ Aretha Franklin
“Velvet snow” ~ Kings of Leon
“Sadie” ~ Joanna Newsom
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