“It’s not the quaint or pretty that interests me; it’s the dramatic interplay of masses, the change of scale from something huge to something tiny,” Richard Sheehan once said. His urban landscapes investigate the architectonic structures of roadways, underpasses, and the grittier side of city structures. Working outdoors year-round, Sheehan transformed the Boston neighborhoods where he grew up and returned to after graduate school. Although his paintings are reflections of his deeply felt connection with a particular place, Sheehan’s work communicates, with broad brushstrokes and vivid colors, a visual language that goes beyond the specific.
Richard Sheehan (1953-2006) earned a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a MFA from Yale University. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and elsewhere. Sheehan’s work can be found in the collections of the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and the Yale University Art Gallery, to name a few.