ARTIST | CRAFTSMAN | MUSEUM PROFESSIONAL
Greg Shea is an award-winning artist and craftsman with diverse creative interests including drawing and painting, digital and wet-plate photography, portraiture, illustration, relief printmaking, sculpture, calligraphy and illuminating, woodworking and custom furniture building, antique frame restoration, bookbinding, carving, jewelry making and silversmithing, and many others. Born in 1971 in Schenectady, New York, he has lived in Connecticut since 1994. Early in life, he studied engineering, robotics, architectural drawing and drafting before deciding to pursue a career in art. He earned a BFA degree in Illustration from Syracuse University ('94), with minor studies in Metalsmithing and Medieval Studies.
For over twenty years, Greg has worked at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, CT, where he is the Senior Museum Preparator. This has allowed him to utilize many of his skills and talents, and has constantly fueled his interests in the arts, art history and natural history, fabrication, conservation and restoration, and collecting. As Senior Preparator, he has been responsible for the safe handling and attractive display of countless objects, from priceless paintings, sculptures, works on paper and rare books, and other artifacts ranging from Catherine the Great's crown jewels, to Charles Darwin's collection of pigeon skulls. He is also responsible for most of the object mount making, and case fabrication related to exhibitions. In addition, Greg has taught classes and workshops at the museum and elsewhere on landscape watercolor painting in the English style for adults, drawing perspective for children, and relief printmaking. He has also given art lessons privately for several years.
Greg's artwork has been accepted into numerous local and national juried exhibitions, and has won several awards, including the R.I.S.D. President's Book Award, the 2014 Purchase Prize and the Lucille Davis Grimm Prize from The New Haven Paint and Clay Club, of which he is an active member. His work has been exhibited widely at museums and galleries throughout the U.S. including The Society of Illustrators New York, The Delaware Art Museum, The Norman Rockwell Museum, The Museum of Western Art, The Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, The Yale Center for British Art, Erector Square Gallery, the Art League of New Britain, and many others. In 2016, Greg's work was accepted into the Art Renewal Center's 12th Annual Salon, " The most prestigious realist art competition in the Americas and perhaps the world ".
Greg is currently serving as President on the board of directors for The New Haven Paint and Clay Club, and was previously on the board of the Art League of New Britain. Please check back on this site from time to time to see new works, as they are finished and added.
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