The Dainty Little Freak Show Comes to Bokeh Gallery

April 13, 2015

Shade Projects is proud to present The Dainty Little Freak Show, the solo exhibition of Daniel Shepherd in Bokeh Gallery at the monOrchid. This exhibition showcases the artist’s latest series of unique and eccentric and often outlandish photo collages.  Shepherd has taken elements typically considered visually appealing and reconfigured and presented them in a way that may be considered unnerving or creepy, while still retaining all the grace, elegance and natural beauty of their original forms. Shepherd says, “Each piece in this body of work has a personality, an attitude if you will with some intentionally feeling silly and playful, sad, or even deep concern or panic and I am a firm believer of beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

His style is organic, combining a variety of images to create each work, including human forms, bugs, meat and much more. Producing his collages entirely from repurposed materials really excites Shepherd because he enjoys the idea of these “things” which once served a specific use now years later reused for something completely different. Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse stated “I am thrilled to bring this riveting collage exhibition to Bokeh Gallery and to have the opportunity to showcase this veteran artist whose work will engage your senses and surprise you.”

Shepherd is a self taught artist based in Phoenix is creating fascinating abstract paintings and collages. Shepherd has exhibited extensively throughout Arizona and his work is included in private collections around the world. Recently Shepherd received rave reviews from his solo exhibition at Willo North Gallery this past August and recently concluded a three month exhibition at Off Madison Avenue of his “Colour Box Series”. His work has been featured in several publications including Arizona Foothills Magazine, Phoenix New Times, Yab Yum Music & Art and Localrevibe. Shepherd was also included in the 2013 Phoenix New Times “100 Creative Forces in Phoenix” list in addition to numerous other publications.

The Opening Reception will be held on First Friday, April 3rd, 2015 from 6-10pm with the artist in attendance. The Closing Reception will be held Third Friday, April17th from 7-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist, amazing artwork, wine and more. The Dainty Little Freak Show will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from April 3rd until April 26th, 2015.

The monOrchid is located at 214 E. Roosevelt Street in the heart of Phoenix’s downtown Roosevelt Row Arts District. The building is open daily and the exhibition may be viewed during business hours. Visit our website for more information at For media inquiries or a private appointment to view this exhibition Please contact Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse by phone at (602) 810-3449 or by email at

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