The Sussex County Community College Art Gallery will be hosting artist Jimmy Sheehan and his work titled ‘In Time’ works on paper. The exhibition opens to the public on Nov. 15 and will be on view through Dec. 20. An Artist Reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.. The event is free, all are welcome.
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. In the vein of Twombly and Basquiat, Sheehan's lexicon of various signs and marks read on a metaphorical/archetypal level rather than according to any form of traditional iconography.
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 Godeffroy, 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.
‘In Time’ will include a variety of new paintings and drawings.
“I find myself at a good time in life,” said Sheehan. “My wife Keaton and I have been busy raising three kids the past ten years. It’s been very rewarding, however greatly cut into my time to create. Now that they are older, I have had more freedom to escape to the studio. Feeling very inspired I am proud to share these new works with the SCCC community.”