This website presents a selection of work by Irish visual artist Gregory Seán Sheehan.
Although this work would not be described as landscape painting in a realistic, pictorial, or historical sense, it is nevertheless firmly anchored in the unique geology, topography and sense of imagination intrinsic to the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains in Ireland.
For the past twenty five years I have been working with mountain turf. A fascination and deep connection to this particular material ignited the desire to inquire more closely into this very familiar ordinary, unexceptional yet abundant medium.
Mixed media on linen | 32 x 25 cm | 2018
Mixed media on linen | 30 x 30 cm | 2017
Mixed media on linen | 30 x 30 cm | 2015 / 2018
Arboretum cogitatum LXV
Mixed media on linen | 57 x 50 cm | 2014
Arboretum cogitatum LXXXIII
Mixed media on linen | 58 x 58 cm | 2017
Mixed media on linen | 50 x 50 cm | 2018
Objecta arboria LXXIX
Mixed media on linen | 30 x 25 cm | 2014
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» Accumulation, seasonal growth and decay are processes I have always found fascinating, inspiring and intriguing. Whereas growth and decay are visible and ever present, the accumulative aspects of each season’s motion often remains disguised, inconspicuous and slightly out of sight «
» Bark, blossoms, branches, fruits, leaves, grasses, mosses, seeds, transmute year after year, being crushed, compressed, composted — accumulating slowly layer upon layer, over periods of thousands upon thousands of years. All part and parcel of natural processes — all very ordinary really «
Even so, my artistic deductions are interwoven with ambiguity, curiosity, and mixed with an equally large portion of deference, fascination and respect.
Gregory Seán Sheehan 2012
This short video Terra incognita was put together as a visual accompaniment to the exhibition of the same name – which was on show at the Kuenstlerhaus Goettingen, Germany, 2016.