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Jimmy Sheehan Godeffroy, New York

Artist Jimmy Sheehan combines elements of gestural abstraction, iconography, and street art in a very personal statement. He demonstrates mesmerizing enigmas of complex expressionist compositions with unique aspects of pronounced outlines, provoking a sense of tension. Born and raised in the rural upstate, he moved to New York City to study at the School of Visual Arts. This life-changing decision exposed him to the culture and energy of the metropolitan city, inspiring him to live a creative life. Jimmy infuses his work with intimate and epic references, from personal aspects to historical nods to ancient Egyptian and Mayan civilizations. His lexicon of signs and marks read on a symbolic and archetypal level rather than according to any form of tradition. Jimmy expresses his steady stream of consciousness at his home studio in Hudson Valley. A sunny space with wood floors, white walls, Lucy the cat, and his favorite songs constantly playing. He cites music as a force that dictates how his brush moves. “I create art to inspire and convey a positive outlook in life,” says Jimmy. He extends his visionary genius as a full-time art director and designer to maximize his talent. Jimmy devotes his free time to his wife and three children, who enjoy running, tennis, and being outdoors.

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    About The Artist

    Artist Jimmy Sheehan combines elements of gestural abstraction, iconography, and street art in a very personal statement. He demonstrates mesmerizing enigmas of complex expressionist compositions with unique aspects of pronounced outlines, provoking a sense of tension. Born and raised in the rural upstate, he moved to New York City to study at the School of Visual Arts. This life-changing decision exposed him to the culture and energy of the metropolitan city, inspiring him to live a creative life. Jimmy infuses his work with intimate and epic references, from personal aspects to historical nods to ancient Egyptian and Mayan civilizations. His lexicon of signs and marks read on a symbolic and archetypal level rather than according to any form of tradition. Jimmy expresses his steady stream of consciousness at his home studio in Hudson Valley. A sunny space with wood floors, white walls, Lucy the cat, and his favorite songs constantly playing. He cites music as a force that dictates how his brush moves. “I create art to inspire and convey a positive outlook in life,” says Jimmy. He extends his visionary genius as a full-time art director and designer to maximize his talent. Jimmy devotes his free time to his wife and three children, who enjoy running, tennis, and being outdoors.

    Artist Statement

    Jimmy Sheehan was born and raised in upstate New York and moved to New York City at the age of 20 to study at the School of Visual Arts. He currently lives in the Hudson Valley of New York, where he is an art director and designer. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions over the past two decades in New York City and beyond.

    Sheehan's painting combines elements of gestural abstraction, drawing, and iconography in a very personal expression. At once epic and intimate, his work is infused with references from his personal life as well as aspects of ancient Egyptian and Mayan civilizations. The undefined setting, in a traditional sense, is surpassed by a unique element of a pronounced outline within the figures creating a provoking source of tension. Sheehan's lexicon of various signs and marks read on a metaphorical/archetypal level rather than according to any form of traditional iconography.

    Artist Background

    School of Visual Arts
    Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2001

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