James O'Shea, ‘Merchant Ship’, 2017, Carrie Haddad Gallery
James O'Shea, ‘Merchant Ship’, 2017, Carrie Haddad Gallery

Encaustic on wood panel
12 x 12 x 2

James O'Shea has been praised for years for his work as a colorist, producing layer upon layer of transparent color to create compositions that are architectural with organic gestural, strokes. This square work has a stunning palette in earth tone shades of navy blue, forest green, moss green and rusted burgundy. This abstract gouache painting is complimented with a handmade white painted wood frame with museum glass.

As pictured, this work is constructed of several pieces of wood panel, giving the surface an uneven, handmade quality.

Carrie Haddad has been exhibiting Mr. O'Shea's work in the gallery for more than 15 years. A true master of mediums, this artist works in oil, gouache, fresco secco, acrylic and collage.

About the artist:
O'Shea's compositions of layered colors and shapes, seeming architectural and yet organic, are inspired by experiences near his studio on the Hudson River. The artist's interest in the energy surrounding nature's changing of seasons is clear as each color and shape come to represent a particular time of day or year. O’Shea finds revelation in observing the world while it’s deep in hibernation during the winter months. With foliage shed from the trees, therein lies nature’s defining qualities – branches that are finely etched against blue and gray winter skies, animals that are exposed to the elements, their tracks in the snow leaving proof of scurried movements. These characteristics of the land can only truly be known when it is cold and summer’s distractions are put to rest.

Signature: Verso

About James O'Shea