Jim Sheehy

Jim Sheehy

Artist: Jim Sheehy

Title: In Memory

Medium: Photopolymer

Print Workshop: Cork Printmakers


Jim Sheehy was born in Macroom Co. Cork in 1945.  He went to the US in 1964 and studied at Cornell University; SUNY at Buffalo (BA); Pratt Institute (MFA) and The Art Student League of New York.  During the 1970’s he printed for many of the leading American artist at Hollanders Workshop Inc. and at the New York Printmakers Workshop.  He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Dublin, Limerick and Cork and has exhibited in most of the major group exhibitions in Ireland.  In 2005 the Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick held an exhibition of his prints along with work he printed for artists in New York as part of its survey of contemporary Irish Printmaking. He has won two Irish printmaking awards and has had a number of articles published in the UK magazine ‘Printmaking Today’.  His work is in public and private collections in Ireland and the U.S. – including: The State University of NY System; New York Public Library; Art Museum of Miami; The National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland; Irish Contemporary Drawing Collection; Limerick City Gallery of Art and Crawford Art Gallery.  He taught Printmaking at the Limerick School of Art and Design from 1978-2010.  He lives in Cork.


I enjoy the technical side of printmaking – the way each print medium has its own unique process, procedure and look.   It’s what got me interested many years ago and I still find it of interest.  There’s something truly beautiful about the look of a well printed work on good quality hand-made paper.  There’s also a whole world of study and scholarship around printmaking not associated with other areas of art.  And, I like the fact that prints exist in multiple so that many people can own the same original work.