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Mayor Esther Manheimer,
"Ariel" on display in the
Office of the Mayor, 2017..
David Sheldon is an extremely versatile artist, mastering a variety of
mediums and disciplines. His primary medium is Painting. Working in a strong,
expressive style, Sheldon explores both contemporary abstraction and more
traditional subjects. Influenced by a love for the Abstract Expressionists and
Painterly Abstraction, Sheldon's rich, lushly textured works have a unique
vibrancy. Complimenting his painting work is a very strong private and public
portfolio of contemporary, metal sculpture, informed and inspired by
Modernism and current trends in architectural form.
Sheldon earned a BFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, in
1984. While at RISD, he was selected for the European Honors Program,
which gave him a year in Rome, Italy to study and practice painting. Sheldon
went on to earn a MFA in Painting from the University of Maryland in 1990.
While a grad student at UMD, Sheldon received an internship with the
Smithsonian Institution’s Model-making Department, spending a semester
learning model-making processes. Also, at this time, Sheldon worked as
sculptor's assistant to James Sanborn on his monumental sculptural
installation, “Kryptos”, at the Central Intelligence Agency, in Langley, Virginia.
Sheldon received a Maryland Individual Artist Grant in 1991, for his sculptural
works. In 1995, he received a “Best of Show” award, for his sculptural, diorama
pieces in “Tributaries’, a sculpture show curated by Lee Fleming, then chief
Art Critic for the Washington Post. A successful solo show of paintings and
sculpture followed, at the Troyer, Fitzpatrick, Lassman Gallery in Washington,
D.C. in 1997.
In 1999, Sheldon switched gears, moving with his wife and young family to New
York City, where he launched a career in children’s books. Acquiring
renowned agent, Ms. Ronnie Ann Herman, Sheldon went on to author and
illustrate over a hundred books for children, in the trade and educational
markets. Clients have included: Harper Collins Publishers, Scholastic
Publishing, Walker & Company, Charlesbridge Publishing, Highlights for
Children, Zondervan Publishing, and many others.
In 2008, Sheldon moved his family once again, this time to the Asheville area
of Western North Carolina. He resumed his Fine Art activities, teaching in local
colleges and beginning a burgeoning Public Art career with newly acquired
skills in designing and welding metal sculpture. In 2010, Sheldon was awarded
an Individual Artist Grant by the Henderson County Arts Council for his
sculpture work. In tandem with his sculpture work, Sheldon began to develop
his expressive style in Painting. Sheldon exhibited both paintings and
sculpture at the Asheville Airport, in 2011. A solo show of large-scale
paintings and sculpture at the Satellite Gallery in Asheville followed, in 2015.
In 2017-18, Sheldon received commissions for two, 20’ high, aluminum
sculptures for the city of Greeley, Colorado, for their Uptown Tree Project. In
2018, Sheldon designed, fabricated and installed, “Mars Cutter”, on the
Greenway of Mars Hill University in Madison County, NC. This sculpture
honors the work of Advanced Superabrasives, whose cutting wheels are on
NASA’s Mars Rovers. It is the first sculpture for the Madison County
Manufacturing Art Park, which will utilize local sculptors in highlighting local
manufacturers. Also, in 2018, Sheldon exhibited his “Field Guide to the Birds
of North America”, a full-gallery installation of over 200 small-scale,abstract
paintings at the Tointon Gallery for the Visual Arts, in Greeley.
In 2019, "Oracle' was selected by the city of Roanoke, VA to be on display for
two years in downtown Roanoke, as part of 'Roanoke Rising', an exhibition of
public sculpture dedicated to the city. The 'Skyworks' sculpture, "Orion' was
selected to be on display at the Maria V. Howard Center for the Arts and
Sciences, in Rocky Mount, NC, as part of 'Salmagundi 23' - a one year
exhibition of public sculpture. It is currently installed at the AmTrack station in
Rocky Mount. And ""Cygnus (the Swan)" has been purchased and is now part
of a private collection in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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