Barry W. Sheehan
About Barry W. Sheehan
I create sculpture that span time and generations. I want my art to be as relevant today
as it would have been yesterday and will be tomorrow. I am inspired by the banalities of
life, the simple things that we have had to do and cope with since the dawn of human
kind. I enjoy using iconic imagery and my primary focus is the human figure. Our
intimate familiarity with the figure allows me to arrest the attention of the audience. I
then abstract the figure to encourage an interaction between the audience’s imagination
and the sculpture.
My materials are flat sheets of steel or copper and wood. The wood is carved or used
as decorative framing display. The flat sheets of metal are shaped into three-
dimensional sculptures by employing traditional blacksmithing techniques. Some of the
sculptures are created to appear as though they had been buried for thousands of years
and then newly discovered. Others sculptures have a more modern flavor but all are
part of a single ongoing body of work. As a highly skilled blacksmith, I can move metal
in any way I desire but I also enjoy letting the metal have its own voice. Every time I
strike the metal with a hammer, it moves in both predictable and unpredictable ways.
Using the unpredicted movements of the metal to my advantage allows an exciting
interaction between the materials and myself.