Shawn Sheehy is an artist whose works combine a unique artistic vision with impressive engineering skills.  A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Sheehy also received an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago and has become known for his complex limited edition pop-up books published under the imprint Paperboy Press.

Producing his books in small editions, Sheehy often uses handmade, hand-dyed paper to create pop-ups that are more than just intricate feats of paper engineering, they are three-dimensional sculptural forms that are integral to the concept of each work. Sheehy often investigates ecological themes in his books using pop-ups to attract and surprise his readers. With optimism and a dose of humor, Sheehy’s works explore how humans relate to the ecological communities they occupy.

Noteworthy examples of Sheehy’s books include Beyond the 6th Extinction: A Fifth Millennium Bestiary (2007), in which the artist speculates on what kinds of creatures might survive a human-caused mass extinction, and Welcome to the NeighborWood: A Pop-Up Book of Animal Architecture (2003), which explores various structures made by animals and which was recently released in a trade edition.

Sheehy currently teaches workshops in a variety of locations throughout the country including at the New York Center for Book Arts. His works can be found in collections nationwide including Yale University’s Beinecke Collection, the University of Wisconsin, and the Newberry Library in Chicago, among others.

 

Books by Shawn Sheehy available from Boreas Fine Art:

Sheehy, Shawn.  A Pop-up Culinary Herbal.  Chicago: Paperboy Press.  2013.

 

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