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Mayor Esther Manheimer,
"Ariel" on display in the
Office of the Mayor, 2017..
Comfortable expressing his unique perception of the world using a palette
of different mediums, David Sheldon is a painter, sculptor, illustrator, and
author who has even dabbled in creating apps and is currently working on
developing a children's TV program based on characters he invented, The
Freaky Flipsters. He has illustrated more than ninety books for children,
and has written and illustrated several of his own titles as well.
For his work in painting and sculpture, he received an Individual Artist
Grant from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Henderson County Arts
Council, NC. Chosen for critically acclaimed group shows in the
Washington, DC, area, Sheldon was also awarded "Best of Show" by Lee
Fleming, art critic for the Washington Post, for his featured work in the
Tributaries sculpture show at the Arlington Arts Center.
Growing up just outside of Washington, DC, Sheldon was blessed with
artistic vision. The National Gallery of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and
Sculpture Garden, and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History were
beacons to him in the DC landscape, and he spent much of his youth 'living
in the Smithsonian museums.' The diorama department of the Smithsonian
brought him on as an intern model maker during grad school. Right out of
grad school, Sheldon went to work as an assistant to James Sanborn,
helping him fabricate the famous "Kryptos" installation at CIA Headquarters
in Langley, VA.
Sheldon’s first solo painting and sculpture exhibition took place in the
Troyer, Fitzpatrick, Lassman Gallery in DC in 1998. In 2000, he turned his
talents toward illustrating children’s books and moved to New York City,
where his skills and passion made him a quick standout. An app game
based on The Freaky Flipsters, was launched in 2013. Bent on developing
a striking new body of work, with his continuing energy and passion for
Contemporary Art, Sheldon brought his family down to North Carolina in
Sheldon graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1985 and from the University of Maryland
with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1990. He lives with his family in the
Asheville area of western North Carolina and continues to broaden his
range of skills with new techniques and explorations.
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