Before art became his passion, much of Rich Sheaffer’s prior career in engineering and management was rather mundane. The exceptions were when he did not follow conventional wisdom and explored on his own without necessarily doing things the accepted, “correct” way. That is when breakthroughs occur, discoveries are made and quantum improvements can be initiated. It is with that spirit that Rich creates art by inspiration and imagination rather than more conventional rules of how art should be created. Rich’s works generally reflect the angst of a common man regarding events occurring in society, and some of his works have also predicted future events. Topics covered by Rich have included societal fear and anger, climate change, human rights, assaults against diversity, truth versus “alternative facts”, degradation of kindness and compassion, migrations issues, attacks against democracy, risks of conflict and war, self-created chaos and so on. Rich is active with the Artists Guild of the San Diego Museum of Art, the Artist Alliance of the Oceanside Museum of Art and others. More information on Rich’s background, portfolio and the art of Socio-Political Abstractionism can be found at www.RichSheaffer.com.
Since the events of 2016 and beyond, Rich Sheaffer has been developing a new genre of art he calls Socio-Political Abstractionism. While political art has abounded in the past, it has generally taken the form of such things as cartoons and caricatures. Socio-Political Abstractionism, in contrast, is an art form in which hot-button social topics being divisively debated in the political milieu are “abstractionized” and expressed via painting in abstract form, to inspire thought and discussion. Such works are primitive expressions of dreams or visions that express the events and angst of our time in history. His works are experimental and inspired by current events; he never knows from the onset how the final work will appear. When events are so outrageous that he is left with a loss for words ... he paints. Rich invites museums, galleries, social and political organizations to express their interest in exhibiting works of Socio-Political Abstractionism free of charge. Rich may be contacted at RSHEAFFE@aol.com.