1963-1968 Educated at Mt. Roskill Grammar, Auckland.
1974-1979 Attended Elam School of Fine Arts - University of Auckland. Graduated with a Diploma of Fine Arts with Honours.
Awarded the Painting Faculty Prize in 1978.
1978-1980 Elam Painting Department Technician.
Solo show, Denis Cohn Gallery, Auckland.
Solo exhibition, Denis Cohn Gallery, Auckland.
Awarded a major Queen Elizabeth Arts Council Travel Grant. Travelled in Europe to study 17th century Dutch painting materials and techniques at the Central Research Laboratory attached to the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam).
Large Still Life - solo exhibition, Denis Cohn Gallery, Auckland.
Acquisitions 1982-83, National Art Gallery, Wellington.
Elam 1950-1983 an Auckland University Centenary Exhibition, Auckland City Art Gallery.
Landscapes - solo exhibition, Denis Cohn Gallery, Auckland.
Solo exhibition, GowLangsford Gallery, Auckland. The central piece travelled with four separate shows over four years.
Solo exhibition, GowLangsford Gallery, Auckland.
Souvenirs of Time - solo exhibition, Janne Land Gallery, Wellington. The year's work travelled with the exhibition New Zealand Images of War, curated by Tony Martin of the Manawatu Art Gallery. This toured to all the major centres from 1989-1993. Also included in the exhibition Whatu Aho Rua curated by Rangihiroa Panoho. This show was part of the 1992 Adelaide Festival, and shown at both the Canberra School of Art and the Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
Elam 1890-1990, a group exhibition, University of Auckland.
Our Country - Our Year - solo exhibition, Claybrook Gallery, Auckland.
Our Country - Our Year - solo exhibition, Janne Land Gallery, Wellington.
Survey exhibition Souvenirs of Time, toured to the Contemporary Centre for Art, Hamilton, and the Rotorua Museum of Art and History. Also exhibited in Te Mihaia Hou - Maungapohatu and the Prophet Rua Kenana, group exhibition at the Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton.
Guest speaker at the Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North, in the series of talks 'Lest we forget', organised by Jock Phillips.
Signatures of Place - Paintings & Place-names - group exhibition, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Curated by Francis Pound.
Regional - History and the Landscape - solo exhibition, Claybrook Gallery, Auckland.
Still Lifes from the Edge of the Wasteland - solo exhibition, Claybrook Gallery, Auckland.
Real Vision - An exhibition of Historical and Contemporary Realist Painters, Curated by Neil Roberts, held at the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch.
Guest speaker at the Three Nations Conference 'Post Colonial Formations' held in Brisbane, Australia.
The Nature of Things - contemporary still life, group exhibition, Artis Gallery, Parnell, Auckland.
The Persuasion of the Real, group exhibition, curated by Dr. Michael Dunn, toured to the Hawke's Bay Museum, Gisborne Museum and Arts Centre, Manawatu Art Gallery and Lopdell House Gallery.
A Very Peculiar Practice, group exhibition, curated by Allan Smith, Wellington City Art Gallery.
The Nervous System, group exhibition, curated by Alan Smith, Govett-Brewster Gallery and the Wellington City Art Gallery.
Selected group exhibitions Artis Gallery, Auckland.
Theodolites - measuring and mapping, group exhibition, Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland.
Michael Shepherd - solo exhibition, University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
Dream Collectors - One Hundred Years of New Zealand Art, Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington. Toured to Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland.
Re-visioning the Real, group exhibition, Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland. Toured to the Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui.
Group Show - Stanley Palmer, Johanna Pegler, Seraphine Pick, Jude Rae, Michael Shepherd, Terry Stringer, Anna Bibby Gallery, Auckland.
Shrinking Worlds, a web project, The Physics Room, Christchurch.
Still Life - Contemporary Still Life, group exhibition, Hawke's Bay Cultural Trust, Hastings.
What's New:- the latest in art at Te Papa, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington.
Still Lies- 17 Paintings by Michael Shepherd, McDougall Art Annex, Christchurch.
The Waikato Landscape From Mercer To Waitomo, group exhibition, Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton.
Parihaka, group exhibition, City Gallery, Wellington.
Te Maunga Taranaki: views of a mountain, group exhibition, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth.
Bright Paradise, The 1st Triennial, New Gallery, Auckland Art Gallery.
European Painting/Simulation - Julian Dashper, Jean Baudrillard, Michael Shepherd, Jan van der Ploeg, Guiseppe Romeo, The New Zealand Census, Ramp Gallery, Department of Media Arts, The Waikato Polytechnic, Hamilton.
Cultivating Paradise - aspects of Napier's Botanical History, group exhibition, Hawke's Bay Museum, Napier.
Waikato and Beyond - a selection from Trust Waikato and other Collections. Group exhibition. Waikato Museum of Art & History, Hamilton.
New Paintings, 40 George Street, Auckland.
Parihaka - the struggle for peace, group exhibition, Puke Ariki, New Plymouth.
II – Group exhibition, 40 George Street, Auckland.
Michael Shepherd – The Early Years – 1975-1931, 40 George Street, Auckland
Michael Shepherd – The Early Years – 1975-1931, Sarjeant Gallery, Wanganui
Symbols of Sovereignty – Flagworks, group exhibition Pataka, Porirua.
Main Trunk Lines – New Zealand Poetry, Group show, National Library Gallery, Wellington.
Small World, Big Town: Contemporary Art From Te Papa., Recent Acquisition Exhibition, City Gallery, Wellington.
NatureCulture – a group show, 40 George Street, Auckland.
Michael Shepherd – The Early Years – 1975-1931, Whangarei Art Museum.
Michael Shepherd – The Early Years – 1975-1931, Rotorua Museum of Art & History.
Divaricate, 40 George Street, Auckland.
Begins a collaborative partnership with o2landscapes.com to design New Zealand native gardens.
Michael Shepherd designs two colour schemes for Custom Rods cars.
Cultivating Nature, group show, 40 George Street, Auckland.
Depth of Level, solo show, 40 George Street, Auckland.
The Summer Season Group Show, 40 George Street, Auckland.
Michael Shepherd "Traveller to an Antique Land - an aspect of war in North Africa”, Army Museum, Waiouru.
Taranaki Whenua, Life-Blood-Legacy, group show, Puke Ariki, New Plymouth.
Land Wars part 2: build, group show, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Manukau City.
Awarded a M.N.Z.M (Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit) for services to the Arts.
Designed third colour scheme for a Custom Rods Ltd car.
Score (Upon the electronic music of Douglas Lilburn) Jane Sanders Art Agent, Auckland.
TE AHI KA ROA, TE AHI KATORO Taranaki War 1860–2010: our legacy — our challenge Puke Ariki, New Plymouth.
Scrabble with Janet, Jane Sanders Art Agent, Auckland.
Where Are We?, group show, Lopdell House Gallery, Auckland.
Selection 010-011, group show, Jane Sanders Art Agent, Auckland.
Loose Leaf / Pharm, Mark Hutchins Gallery, Wellington.
Summer Catalogue Collection, Mark Hutchins Gallery, Wellington.
Wood for the Trees John Lyall, Michael Shepherd, Russell Moses, Tanya Ruka, Derek March, Lopell House Gallery, Titerangi, Auckland.
An Excellent Vintage group show Whitespace, Auckland.
Anathoth Whitespace, Auckland.
The Land of Cockayne Two Rooms, Auckland.
The Social Fabric Milford House, Dunedin.
Spring Catalogue Milford House, Dunedin.
Your Friend the Enemy Touring Group Show, Shervin Gallery, Sydney; Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, Australia.
Your Friend the Enemy Touring Group Show, Pataka Art and Museum, Porirua, Wellington.
Keep Two Rooms, Auckland.
Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington.
Auckland Art Gallery.
Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton.
The Sarjeant, Wanganui City Art Gallery.
Fletcher Challenge Collection, Auckland.
The University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
The Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch.
The University of Auckland.
Auckland Pere Collection.
Private collections within New Zealand and Internationally.
McNamara, TJ. A profound sense of unease art review, NZHerald 9 March 2013.
Rankin, E. Michael Shepherd for Anathoth. exhibition catalogue 2013
McNamara, TJ. T.J. McNamara on Art, art review, NZHerald, Auckland, 1980.
Just listen to the quality..., art review, NZHerald, Auckland, March, 1981.
Pound, Francis. Some New Zealand Realists - Michael Shepherd, Art New Zealand, 1980. pg 18-21 cont. 61.
Sothern, Cheryll. An Inevitable Juxtaposition - art review, The Auckland Star, 8 March 1982.
Acquisitions Catalogue - 1982-83, National Art Gallery, Wellington, 1983.
McNamara, TJ. Landscapes confirm Shepherd's Status, art review, NZHerald, 1985.
McNamara, TJ. Fascination with Technique, art review, NZHerald, 1986.
McNamara, TJ. Quality of paint is there to be enjoyed, art review, NZHerald, 1988.
Bilbrough, Miro. Stirring the Pool of Memory, art review, The Evening Post, 1988.
Panels honour father, Dominion, Wellington, 1988.
Fraser, Ross. Fragments from the Structure of Recollection - The Still-Life Paintings of Michael Shepherd, Art New Zealand, 1988. pg 52-57.
Walker, Pam. Tumult to Silence, art review, The New Zealand Listener, 26 August, 1989.
Cunningham, Ross. M. Shepherd in translation, unpublished essay in conjunction with the touring exhibition 'Images of War', 1989.
Smith, Allan. Two Cultures - One River - Towards a poetic place in the art of Michael Shepherd, Landfall 171, Vol. 43 No. 3, September 1989, pg 296-331.
Dunn, Michael & Docking, Gill. Two Hundred Years of New Zealand Painting, David Bateman Ltd, Auckland, 1990. pg 224.
United New Zealand Modern Masters Collection - 2nd years Acquisition, exhibition catalogue, 1990.
Daly-Peoples, John. Elam 1890 - 1990, Elam Fine Arts, Auckland University, Auckland, 1990.
Dunn, Michael. A Concise History of New Zealand Painting, David Bateman Ltd, Auckland & Craftsman House, Australia, 1991. pg 98-99.
Michael Shepherd - Our Country - Our Year, exhibition catalogue, Claybrook Gallery, Auckland, 1991.
Cunningham, Ross. Unpublished essay, to accompany 'Our Country - Our Year', 1991.
McNamara, TJ. Shepherd brings the past to perfection, art review, NZHerald, Auckland, 1991.
Tyler, Linda. Te Mihaia Hou - Maungapohatu and the prophet Rua Kenana - contemporary art about the prophet Rua and the Maori millennium, exhibition catalogue, Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton, 1991.
Works subtle but profound, art review, 1991.
Sense of NZ history in still life work, art review, 1991.
Pound, Francis. Signatures of Place - Paintings and Place Names, exhibition catalogue, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, 1991.
Smither, Elizabeth. Paintings & Places - Signatures of Place at the Govett-Brewster, Art New Zealand, No. 61, Summer 1991/92. pg 46-49.
Smith, Allan. Troubled Histories, exhibition catalogue, Claybrook Gallery, Auckland, 1992.
Shepherd, Michael. Regional - History and Landscape, exhibition catalogue, Claybrook Gallery, Auckland, 1992.
McNamara, TJ. Convincing art for the unconverted, art review, NZHerald, Auckland, 12 November 1992.
Roberts, Neil. Real Vision - An Exhibition of Historical and Contemporary Realist Painters, exhibition catalogue, The Robert McDougall Art Gallery, Christchurch, 1993.
McNamara, TJ. Clarity and Cheerfulness, art review, NZHerald, Auckland, 25 November 1993.
Cain, Deborah, Lynn. Between the Lines - The Art of Michael Shepherd, Unpublished thesis, University of Waikato, 1994.
Thomas, Nicholas. Weeds and Monuments, Art and Asia Pacific Quarterly Journal Vol. 2 No. 3. 1995. pg 102-107.
Brown, Warwick. 100 New Zealand Paintings - by 100 New Zealand Artists, Godwit, Auckland, 1995. pg 81
Smith, Allan. A Very Peculiar Practice - Aspects of Recent New Zealand Paintings, exhibition catalogue, City Gallery, Wellington Te Whare Toi, 1995.
Pitts, Priscilla& Smith, Allan. The Nervous System - Twelve Artists Explore Images and Identities in Crisis, exhibition catalogue, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth and City Gallery, Wellington Te Whare Toi, 1995.
Dunn, Michael. The Persuasion of the Real, exhibition catalogue, New Objectivity, Auckland, 1995.
Dunn, Michael Contemporary Painting in New Zealand, Craftsman House, Australia, 1996. pg 160-163.
O'Brien, Gregory. Lands & Deeds - Profiles of Contemporary New Zealand Painters, Godwit Publishing Ltd, Auckland, 1996. pg 109-120.
Caughey, Elizabeth and Gow, John, Contemporary New Zealand Art 1, David Bateman Ltd, Auckland, 1997. pg 42.
Beaglehole, Helen and Trewby, Mary. Dream Collectors - One Hundred Years of New Zealand Art, exhibition catalogue for the opening of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, 1998. pg 190-193.
Thomas, Nicholas, Possessions- Indigenous Art/Culture, Thames & Hudson, 1999.
Detail of "Motu Paradisio- An Australian Dependency", 1998, oil on linen used on the cover of Calder, Alex, Lamb, Jonathan and Orr, Bridget, Voyages and Beaches-Pacific Encounters, 1769-1840. University of Hawaii Press, USA
Bruce, David. Powerful contrast in peace exhibition, art review, ODT, 26 February, 2000.
Focus on contemporary artists at Forrester, Oamaru Mail, 24. February 2000.
Mathews, P. Review - At the Ninth Hour , The Listener, May 27, 2000. Pg 36-38.
Millburn, Felicity. Still Lies: 17 Paintings by Michael Shepherd 1992-1999. Exhibition catalogue for the McDougall Art Annex, Christchurch. June 2000.
The Voice of Parihaka - Interview with Michael Shepherd, Art News, Spring 2000 pgs 41-42.
McGahey, Kate, The Concise Dictionary of New Zealand Artists - painters printmakers, sculptors, Gilt Edge Publishing, Wellington. 2000. Pg. 223.
Ed. Te Miringa Hohaia, Gregory O'Brien and Lara Strongman, Parihaka: The Art of Passive Resistance, City Gallery and Victoria University Press, 2001.
Smith, Allan. Bright Paradise - exotic history and sublime artifice. 1st Auckland Triennial, Auckland Art Gallery. Catalogue published by Auckland Art Gallery, 2001.
Botanica Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, 2001.
Robin, Woodward. Cultivating Paradise, Hawke's Bay Cultural Trust, 2002.
McNamara, T.J. New Zealand Herald Art Review, 22.9.2004.
Bell, C. Excavating the Past: Michael Shepherd, Artist, Giltedge Publishing, Wellington, 2005.
Rankin, E. Making/Mocking Modernism – Michael Shepherd’s Early Years. Art New Zealand, No. 115 Winter 2005 pg 76-79.
O’Brien, G. True Fictions. Australian Art Review Issue 8, July – October 2005. pg 94-95.
Vaughan, G. The joke's on you. Arts Review, Northern Advocate, 19.1.2006.
O'Brien, Gregory, Back & Beyond - New Zealand Painting for the Young and Curious Auckland University Press, 2008, pg 92-93.
Clifford, Andrew, Cat Scratches on Deckle Edge, exhibition catalogue for Score (Upon the electronic works of Douglas Lilburn). 2009.
White, Xanthe, Call of the Wild, Good to Grow, The Listener, July 31, 2010, pg 60-61
Clifford, Andrew, Music for Galleries - Recent Notes for Art Listeners, Art New Zealand, No 135, Spring 2010. pg 56-59.McNamara, T.J. Old and new blend with swooping power. NZHerald Review, 16 Oct, 2010.
Dark Collar and Tie, 1979.
Oil on linen, 860 x 860 mm
Exhibited: Denis Cohn.
Still-life for Year of the Comet, 1986
Oil on board, 900 x 1900 mm
One Land One People, 1990
from the series 'Monuments'
Six oils on paper, each 270 x 310 mm.
Exhibited: 'Our Country Our Year'.
Private Collection, Auckland.
View of an Ideal Town, 1992
Oil on board, 495 x 1100 mm
Exhibited: 'Regional - History and Landscape'
Collection of the University of Auckland.
Excavating the Historical. [Landscape
with Non-Existing Elements], 1992.
Oil on linen, 600 x 1200 mm.
Exhibited: 'The Persuasion of the Real'.
A panel from Five Fiscal Envelopes, 1995
Oil on Board, 465 x 620 mm
Collection of the University of Canterbury.
Exhibited: The Nervous System.
Old Values, 1997
Oil on linen, 310 x 310 mm
Exhibited: Dream Collectors, Te Papa, Tongarewa.
Watercolour, Oil on Canvas, 1998
Oil on linen, 260 x 400 mm
Exhibited: Still Lies, Christchurch.
Bright Paradise, Auckland Art Gallery. Private Collection.
The Last Oil on the Road to Murzuk, 1999-2000
Oil on board, 1950 x 1200 mm
Collection of Auckland Art Gallery.
Polyglot. oil on government burlap.
Title inscribed, dated '61'. 2004.
Oil on linen, 586 x 690 mm frame included.
Exhibited: Michael Shepherd – The Early Years – 1975-1931.
Haka - Horoeka to Moa, oil on board,
53 x 57cm, 2005
Exhibited: Divaricate, Auckland.
Michael Shepherd designs colour scheme
for two Hot Rod cars, 2006.
Explanation, oil on canvas, 2007
Exhibited Land Wars part 2: build,
group show, Te Tuhi, Auckland.
Te Ahi K? Roa, Te Ahi K?toro, Taranaki
War 1860–2010: our legacy — our challenge,
group exhibition. Puke Ariki, New Plymouth.
The Exact Point Von Tempsky Fell
(The day spent with Kelvin Day), 2009,
Oil and alkyd on board, 82 x 118 cm
Local Girl makes Good, Oil and collage
on board Framed size 48 x 45.5 cm
Image size 36 x 34 cm.
Exhibited: Scrabble with Janet, Auckland.
Nostalgia, 2011, acrylic on panel with
hand-painted frame. 67.5 x 95 cm
Exhibited Mark Hutchins Gallery, Wellington