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 Barclay Sheaks  (1928 - 2010)

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Barclay Sheaks, born 1928 in Virginia, has had paintings appear in distinguished university, corporate and private art collections worldwide. He has participated extensively in juried exhibitions sponsored by the American Watercolor Society, National Academy of Design, Corcoran Gallery, and Smithsonian Institution, among others. He has served as artist-in-residence for both the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Richmond Humanities Center, VA.

My art is the direct result of the distillation of my life experiences translated into graphic form. Any message interpreted by observers is not intended but simply a reflection of my individual angle of perception. Acrylic paint is my favored painting medium because of its versatile capabilities and permanence. Mr. Sheaks prepared, executed and hosted a nationally syndicated television series for PBS - Acrylic Painting with Barclay Sheaks, 1985.

He is author of several books; Painting From Start To Finish; Drawing And Painting The Natural Environment; Painting In Oils; Stretching The Eyes' Distance: Reflections on the Chesapeake Bay; Drawing Figures And Faces; Acrylic Painting With Barclay Sheaks; The Acrylic Book.

Some of the museums and corporations housing Sheaks work are: The Butler Institute of American Art; Columbia Museum; Virginia Museum; Valentine Museum; Mobile Museum; Chrysler Museum; American Tobacco Co.; Blue Cross-Blue Shield; Christopher Newport Un.; Virginia Commonwealth Un ; Longwood College; Norfolk Public Schools; National Brewing Co.; Randolph Macon College; Medical College of VA.; Riverside Hospital; National Aeronautics and Space Administration and others.

Currently he resides in Virginia and is a distinguished resident artist and an associate professor of art at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, VA. " I choose to think that my art, like my life, is always in a state of becoming: a flux of new discoveries and a returning to old icons with renewed vision."

Added note:
Barclay Sheaks passed on April 13, 2010.

Biography from Butler Institute of American Art:
An Associate Professor and Distinguished Artist in Residence, Barclay Sheaks is a painter whose work is owned by numerous museums, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Butler Institute of American Art.

He has participated extensively in juried exhibitions sponsored by institutions including the National Academy of Design, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Smithsonian, and has hosted his own public television series, Acrylic Painting with Barclay Sheaks.

He is the author of many books, including The Acrylics Book (1996), Drawing Figures and Faces (1987), and Stretching the Eye's Distance: Reflections on the Chesapeake Bay (1981), a volume of poetry.

A collection of Sheaks's painting are on permanent display in the Sheaks Gallery in the Godwin Administration Building of Virginia Wesleyan College.

From an artist supplied vita:

Graduate Richmond Professional Institute, BFA in painting and sculpture. Winter studio in Newport News, VA, Summer studio in Poquoson, Va.

Holdings : Medical College of Virginia; University of Delaware; Valentine Museum.

Exhibits : Virginia Museum; Norfolk Museum; National Academy of Design; Parthenon Museum; Louisiana State Art Commission.

Awards, Commissions and Juried Shows :

1965-1966 : Butler Midyear Show

1966: University of Delaware purchase

1966: Best Representational Oil Painting at Virginia Beach Boardwalk Show

1966; Mariner's Museum award for best marine painting at Peninsula Artists' Show

1966: 99th American Water Color Society at National Academy of Design, part of traveling show.

1965: Smtihsonian National Traveling Show; National Drawing Biennial at Norfolk Museum

1965 Juror's special mention in watercolor at Dixie Annual

1965: Five drawings and watercolors selected by Louisiana Art Commission

1964: Commission to paint portrait of super carrier "America" by Navy Department

1965: Commissioned to paint super carrier "Enterprise" in action

1964: Purchase prizes in oil and drawing at First Ft. Eustic Annual Exhibit and Competition

1964 and 1965 : First Place Peninsula Arts Association Annual Exhibit

1965: First place landscape-seascape at National Professional Artists Invitational at Cherry Hill Mall, NJ

1965: Second place at Atlantic City Boardwalk Show

1965: Best in show and purchase prize at Salon Des Refuses at Thalhimers in Richmond

1965: Boniwell Invitational 100 American Artists in Milwaukee, WI

1965: Best in Show at Southern Show in Norfolk

1965: Allied Artists of American Annual Exhibit at National Academy of Design

1966 and 1967: National Society of Painters in Casein Annual at National Arts Club

1966: Central South Exhibit at the Parthenon in Nashville

1966: Contemporary Virginia North Carolina Artists

1966: Purchase by Norfolk Public Schools.

1966: Prize winner National Professional Artists Invitational in Moorestown, NJ

1966: one man show at Thalimer's Focus on Art in Richmond

1967: best in show for painting Watcher of the Bay at National Professional Artists Show; painting published in book Prize Winning Art

1967: Painting accepted in Virginia Artists Show at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; purchase prize


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