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. Barclay Sheaks died in April 2010.
Barclay Sheaks’ Artwork