The Cardinal’s Portrait: The Art of Richard Hearns
May 8-22, 2019
The Gallery at the Sheen Center
Regarded as one of Ireland’s leading contemporary artists Richard Hearns returns to The Sheen Center for the unveiling of His Eminence, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan’s official portrait. Accompanying the portrait will be a number of smaller studies in oil. The formal unveiling ceremony will take place on May 22 and be accompanied by a VIP screening of a short documentary on the creation of the painted portrait.
No stranger to New York, Richard Hearns, has been exhibiting in the city for seven years. In 2010 Cardinal Dolan came to Ireland and visited Richard Hearns at his studio in the Burren, County Clare. This was the beginning of a close friendship with Richard and his wife Boo.
Cardinal Dolan attended Holy Infant School, Ballwin, Missouri where Richard’s godmother was a teacher and later Principal. As a young seminarian Cardinal Dolan traveled to Ireland on holiday making contact with Richard’s family and thus began a lifelong friendship.
About Richard Hearns Richard Hearns was born in Beirut and raised in Dublin. His paintings document a search for an idyll. Driven by a deep spiritual sensibility, his experiences and connections with separate locations and cultures are combined to form a triangular history. Meditative layers are applied in a physical expression of form, drawn from the discipline of martial arts and the rhythmic nature of rural life. Behind the search for paradise through paint lie all the tender realities of life.
Richard Hearns’ energy and enthusiasm define him as a person and fuel his insatiable pursuit of painting. His artwork will continue to evolve as life, art and experience shape his world.
Opening Reception: May 9, 6-8 PM