Posted: Nov 2, 2010 2:10 PM by Katie Durio
Updated: Nov 2, 2010 2:11 PM
Burley-Hipp Gallery and Interiors is thrilled at the upcoming visit of the nationally acclaimed artist Dennis Sheehan. His stunning landscapes have created quite a stir in the art world over the past few years. Our gallery is delighted that he has chosen us for one of his rare visits.
Sheehan creates landscapes of mood, affected by nature's changing seasons.
His visit is an important event which will undoubtedly increase our gallery's prestige. In fact, his stop in Lafayette
is one of his only visits to the south. This affords his
admirers a rare opportunity to meet and have a photo opportunity with the artist.
MEET THE ARTIST Dennis Sheehan
ARTIST RECEPTION to be held on Nov 4th 5:30pm - 8:30pm
LOCATION: Burley-Hipp Gallery & Interiors
1410 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, La 70503
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Dennis Sheehan attended Vesper George School of Art in the Boston area. He studied under Robert Hunter Douglas. Dennis was searching to find where he belonged in the art world and Hunter's traditional and realistic style hugely impressed him.
Feeling the need for more education, Dennis went on to Montserrat School of Visual Art, also in Boston, for two more years. He studied under, George Gabin, who paints in a tight and traditional style. There he learned the technique of American Tonalisim, the contrast between light and dark, and adopted it as his own. Dennis became fascinated by the subtle tones and chords of light on landscape during transitional moments: dusk, dawn, or the time immediately before or after the storms, when small amounts of light and color in an otherwise somber environment produce piercing beautiful effects. "My goal is to have my painting emanate light," the artist explains. "This is why the area of shadow is so important, for it is from them that this emanation proceeds." His attention to technique is derived from his training in the "Boston School" of painting, which he studied at the Montserrat School of Visual Art, the Vesper George School of Art, and under private instruction with Richard Whitney and Robert Cormier.
He has major work in major public and private collections, from the Guild of Boston Artists to the White House. Sheehan paints in the Barbizon mode with remarkable authority and faithful adherence to his 19th century precursors. In the tradition of the Tonalist painters, Sheehan creates landscapes of mood, affected by nature's changing seasons.