Duffy Sheridan has been painting since he was a child at the knee of his father who was a highly regarded artist. He is entirely self-taught and is driven by the spirituality of his work as a member of the Baha'i Faith. He is highly influenced by his emphasis on achieving the highest spiritual levels possible in his work.
Sheridan moved his family to the Falkland Islands in 1976 to assist the Baha'i community there. He developed in himself a power of observation of his subject. He often says, "When doing portraits, I need to spend time with the person so that I really know the soul of that person and that is what I paint." In 1986 Sheridan moved to Samoa for fine years returning to the States in 1991. He has won international recognition and fame as a major figure in the realist school of art.
Fred Ross, Chairman of the Art Renewal Center believes that Duffy Sheridan is one of the top 15 or 20 artists alive today. He has contributed to many of the International ARC Salon Competition events.
In 2005 his "Self Portrait" won the Director's Award at the International Guild of Realism. His self-portrait masterpiece currently shows at Mary Martin Gallery in Charleston, SC.
Don Clapper, founder of the International Guild of Realism says, "His technique, his ability to render light and shodow, is absolutely gorgeous. He really captures the emotions and the life of the individuals that he paints."
Mary Martin, founder of the Mary Martin Galleries, attests that Duffy Sheridan is one of the top artists painting in the world today. "His ability to paint far more than a likeness but the deeper character of the person and their connection with the world is a talent rarely seen in any lifetime."
"On a Soft Day" 48 x 24 Oil on Linen
"Self Portrait" 32 x 30 Oil on Linen
"The Whale Watcher" 40 x 24 Oil on Linen This piece is available for sale but delivery will not be until after the Barcelona show ending in late 2017.
Congratulations to Duffy Sheridan for "The Whale Watcher" being accepted into the ARC Live Exhibition
"Head Study for Maids of Heaven" 11 x 12 Giclee on Canvas
"Marieke with Rose Head Study I" 9 x 12 Giclee on Canvas
"On a Clear Day" 30 x 34 Giclee on Canvas
"Promise of Renewal" 24 x 48 Giclee on Canvas
"Rite of Summer" 36 x 48 Giclee on Canvas
"The Spirit of Literacy" 16 x 28 Giclee on Canvas
"The Whale Watcher" 24 x 40 Giclee on Canvas
"Flora" 24 x 34 Giclee on Canvas
"Lumahai" 36 x 24 Giclee on Canvas
Duffy Sheridan has been painting since he was a child. His father, also an artist, encouraged him to learn to paint anything and everything. He has traveled the world and dedicated his artistic life to the discovery and expression of beauty as he sees it.
Although he and his family spent many years in relative seclusion in the far corners of the world, Sheridan's work has attracted the attention of collectors on five continents.
Since returning to the United States in 1991, his work has received international acclaim and he has been designated a Living Master™ by the Art Renewal Center.
His paintings can be found in prestigious institutions from a Cathedral in the South Pacific to the US Air Force Academy to corporate headquarters in Manhattan, as well as in the private residences of kings, judges, bishops, doctors and collectors all over the world.
For over 35 years the teachings of the Baha'i Faith have been the primary influence of Sheridan's life and work and have dominated his continual search for that balance of craftsmanship and artistic expression which has the ability to elevate, in some small way, the human condition.
Sheridan feels that he is in the process of learning to appreciate the richness of humankind and has come to believe that the purpose of his work should be "to magnify the dignity and nobility of the human spirit and the singular beauty of all things. When people look at one of my paintings, I'd like them to see that humans, indeed, are noble beings."