Bryan Shephard

Sculptor
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Bryan Shephard (or Sheppo to his friends) is a sculptor who breaks down barriers to artwork, making it accessible to the common man. 

Growing up in Townsville, Regional Queensland, Bryan has always led an outside based life with sport, fishing, camping and going places on a bike filling many days. After school, Bryan completed a trade as an electrician, but during the late 80’s recession he took a scholarship opportunity to go to university and re-train as a Manual Arts Teacher in Brisbane. After university, Bryan, alongside his wife Tez, moved back to Townsville to take up a teaching job before moving to Charters Towers. It is a family point of origin and his years in the “Towers” are fondly held, with his first child, Liam, arriving in the Towers, and Joshua, his second, following shortly after as they moved back to Townsville. The next 10 years for Bryan saw workshop teaching, part time visual arts study at TAFE and then full time study at James Cook University, majoring in sculpture.

Bryan discovered that the practical skills he had gained along the way gave him the ability to visualise and manifest his thoughts and ideas. This period was a turning point and it was at that point Bryan realised a creative business was what he wanted to do with his working life. Teaching and a successful small building business in Brisbane had led him to this point. Several small group exhibitions and public art commissions, with finances dictating full time teaching to get his family through the school years, has led Bryan to Sheppo Art and Design. Over the years, he has filled sketchbooks with many ideas, designs, artworks and possibilities. These form the basis of future drawings, sculptures, paintings, prints, designed products and Public Artworks.

“One of things that makes Bryan’s work so appealing, is his ability to combine his background as a tradie and manual arts teacher to both construct and inform his work. There is much more to this Brisbane’s artists work than just a skilled and adept builder’s hand.” - Aspire Gallery

EDUCATION
Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training 2014

Bachelor of Visual Arts, James Cook University, Townsville 2005

Bachelor of Education, Edith Cowan University, Perth 1993

Diploma of Teaching (Manual Arts), Griffith University, Brisbane 1989

Trade Certificate III as Electrical Fitter Mechanic 1986

Certificate 1 in Construction

WORK HISTORY
Design Technology Teacher, St Benedict’s College & Relief work at St Edmunds College 2017 - Current

Self Employed in Hire a Hubby Franchised Small Business 2008 - Current

Design Technology Teacher, Anglican Church Grammar School March 2017 - December 2017

Year Level Coordinator / Industrial Technology and Design Teacher, Canterbury College January 2013 - December 2016

Design Technology Teacher, Nudgee College July 2012 - December 2012

Design Technology Teacher, Iona College January 2006 - June 2008

Contract Manual Arts Teacher, Various Contracts & Supply Locations February 2003 - December 2005

Vocational Education Co-ordinator / Year 9 Pastoral Coordinator / House Coordinator (Baillie) / Manual Arts Teacher, Ignatius Park College January 1996 - December 2002

Manual Arts Teacher, Heatley Secondary College (Ed Qld) June 1995 - December 1995

Manual Arts Co-ordinator / Head of Creative Arts (Manual Arts/Art/Music/ Home Ec) / Resident Boarding Assistant, All Souls’ and St Gabriel’s School September 1991 - June 1995

Manual Arts Teacher, Ignatius Park College July 1989 - September 1991

Electrician, LDH Electrical January 1987 - June 1987

Apprentice Electrical Fitter Mechanic, Norqeb January 1983 - December 1986

EXHIBITIONS
Exposing the Space, Solo Exhibition, Aspire Gallery 2017

Meta - with Anthony Cuthbertson, Umbrella Studio 2007

Electric Brew: 3rd Year Bachelor Visual of Arts, James Cook University 2005

Beyond the Facade - with Michael Schmid and Anthony Cuthbertson, Umbrella Studio 2005

Ongoing Group Exhibition, Casey's Deli Plus, 2004-2005

Arts Week Exhibition, Student Union Exhibition, James Cook University 2004

Members Exhibition, Umbrella Studio 2003

Arts Week Exhibition, Student Union Exhibition, James Cook University 2003

Limited Editions (Group of 8 Printmakers from Barrier Reed TAFE, Pimlico), Teakles Gallery 1997

AWARDS
Guest Speaker, Recycled Art, Morton Bay Boys School September 2017 

Finalist, QLD Franchisee of the Year 2011

Finalist, QLD Franchisee of the Year 2010

Finalist, QLD New Franchisee of the Year 2009

First Prize, Graduating Year Sculpture, James Cook University 2005

Third Prize, Arts Week COMVAT - Sculpture, James Cook University 2004

First Prize, 1st Year Sculpture, James Cook University 2003

PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS
Entrance Sculpture, Southern Cross Catholic College, Townsville 2016

Entrance Cross, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Brisbane 2014

Entrance Cross, Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, Brisbane 2013

 PUBLICATIONS
No hiding behind this façade, Pg 41 of Townsville Bulletin 23rd September 2005

New Life for old parts, Pg 10 of Townsville Bulletin 15th September 2005

Available Works

Solid Wind Power
  • 43 x 14.5 x 8 cm
  • Wood, Recycled Parts
  • Resin, Rocks
$450
Fast Tech Mind
  • 69.5 x 13.5 x 13.5 cm
  • Wood, Recycled Parts, A Phone, Resin
  • Stainless Steel, Acrylic Paint
$450
Emerging Technology
  • 45 x 20 x 20 cm
  • Resin, Rocks, Acrylic
  • Recycled Parts
$725
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Empty Spaniard
  • 34 x 92 x 19 cm
  • Steel, Rusty Wire
  • On Wooden Base
$550
Spaniard Machine
  • 30.6 cm x 122cm
  • Wood, Recycled Parts, Plastic
  • On Plywood Panel
$650
Clear Spaniard
  • 25 x 57 x 13.5 cm
  • Acrylic
  • On Red Cedar Base
$275

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