Mark Sheehan

509 S. 4th Street, Bellevue


Artist Bio

I moved to Idaho in 1972 after studying art at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA. I started my career as a graphic artist and found myself painting signs and designing logos for local businesses.

I soon discovered my niche in metal arts when a friend commissioned my first fire screen, then branched off into architectural metal. I then developed a business as an architectural metal artist that has lasted for the past 48 years.

I have worked extensively with architects, designers, contractors, and private homeowners. As a designer of practical objects, I try to make them functional, as well as pleasing to the eye. I continue to produce functional items like fire screens, chandeliers, and coffee tables, but my heart is in metal sculpture.

Artist Statement

I have developed a line of small copper repousse’ female torsos with forged steel frames. I call this the Venus series. They have hammered copper base relief female torsos with forged steel frames.

In addition, I have long produced non-representational steel sculptures. All of them are some combination of forged and fabricated steel. Typically a rust finish is applied, but occasionally I will use a faux paint finish.