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James Sheehan

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Studio Location
"Source" installation of 10 percent, collage, vertexList 2009
"Boca di verita" oil on wood 1 1/2"dia. 2006
"Central Park" oil and silicone on wood (installed, inset in the wall with 4 feet space surrounding the piece) 1 3/4" x 2" 2004
"Cracker Barrel" oil on wood 2 1/2" x 2" 2002
"The Empiricist" oil on wood, detail 2" x 2 3/8" 2003
Artist's Statement

Scale of these works in relation to the architecture, viewer and social environment are key to their content. Meticulously miniscule form has an equally spatial counterpart in vast and expansive forms. Both are bodily/physically experienced. This is my painterly dilemma as well as my political one."Entering in" versus "surrounded by" mean something in this context. Recently, color and their tertiary components have risen to primary importance in my work as allusive, reactive components.


born: San Francisco, CA in 1964
study: U.C. Berkeley, Art History 1989. Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia/Rome, Italy, Painting, 1994.
Living and working in Brooklyn, NY.

Solo exhibitions: in Zurich, New York, and Montreal.

Selected group exhibitions: "181st Annual" National Academy Museum, NY (2006), "Young American Artists of Today" Kolodzei Art Foundation in Moscow, Russia (2005), "Interested Painting" Gallery 400 in Chicago (2005), "Working in Brooklyn" at the Brooklyn Museum (2004), "Ehrenshal" at the Haus der Kunst Museum in Munich, Germany (2003), “Painting as Paradox" at Artists Space, NY (2002), “The Figure: Another Side of Modernism” at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, NY (2000), and “Scale, Relatively Speaking” at Art in General, NY (1998).

Awards: NYFA (2006), ARCUS Residency, Japan (2001), LMCC WTC residency (2000), Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1999), and The Sharpe Foundation studio grant (1996).