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Sheba Sharrow
Cherry Hill, NJ
Mixed Media, Painting

Artwork Details
Conversation with the Inner Self
Mixed Media on Paper
15" x 22"

Sheba Sharrow was a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, and Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. She received several art awards and 1997 and 2001 grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. In 2000, she received grant awards from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Pollack-Krasner Foundation, and the Tampa Review University of Tampa Press.

Although Sharrow painted for more than 60 years and had 37 solo exhibits, she found her real power after she was in her 60’s, her daughter Mayda said.  Sharrow's surreal, expressionistic work was meant to be provocative. The paintings often featured human forms with haunting faces. Art critic Fred Adelson wrote in the New York Times in 2002 that “her emotive images possess seductively beautiful layered surfaces, while their content conveys a profound sense of soul-searching, responding with indignation at man's brutality and compassion for society's hapless victims.”

Sharrow was featured in the 2001 New Jersey Arts Annual exhibition, entitled Crossing Boundaries, at the Noyes Museum of Art.  According to the catalogue from the exhibition, “Working in the tradition of Daumier and Goya, Sharrow's work deals with metaphoric images that address the human condition. Her art has a raw physicality and emotional intensity that is genuinely beautiful, even if it is addressing the violence of modern society. Her work is like a contrapuntal melody: gentle and bold, static and aggressive, smooth and textured, light and dark.”

Her paintings are in corporate and private collections, as well as the permanent public collections at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Jersey City Museum.

Sheba Sharrow passed away on December 15, 2006.