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For ever and ever amen

We feel immensely privileged to introduce David Filer to you, a young Zimbabwean who has the world buzzing about his breathtaking art and has just won the prestigious David Shepherd Wildlife Artist Award

David was born in Zimbabwe in 1986 and has a degree in Information Design, though it is his love for animals and drawing that have combined to create a career in fine art. David works solely in graphite pencil and each detail is painstakingly captured in startling black and white, laying bare the essence of each of his subjects in basic shades.

From the furious glint in a hyena’s gaze to the tiny flecks of dirt on his whiskers, David Filer’s unique and often dramatic work is now being collected around the world.

David, whose work has been short-listed for the last two years, was presented with the prestigious 2011 Wildlife Artist of the Year award at London’s Mall Galleries on 6th June. Along with the title, Filer was presented with prize money for his work ‘Forever and Every Amen’ a drawing that the judges found universally emotive.

Filer, who lives and works in Zimbabwe, was in London to collect his prize from wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE and zoologist.

"Winning this award is a real validation of my work. It means so much to me to be recognised and to win this title, especially against such fantastic competition. It is very special," said David Filer.

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