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John O'Shea

(Ballintaylor, Ireland, 1876 - 1956, Carmel, CA)
United States, b. Ireland
Born in Ireland, John Shea (who later added the O-€™) emigrated to America in 1892 at the age of 16, following in the footsteps of so many fellow Irishmen. He lived briefly in NYC, studying at the Art Students League and working at Tiffany & Co as an artisan/engraver. After travelling Westward, he settled in Carmel in 1917. There he and his new wife, Molly Shaughnessy, built a home in Carmel Highlands where they led an active social life with such contemporaries as Robinson and Una Jeffers, Burton Boundy, William Ritschel, and Edward Weston, to name a few. His versatile and prolific body of work became known for its sophisticated blending of influences from American Impressionism, Realism, and Abstraction.


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