San Diego

Maura Sheehan

Quint Gallery

Several years ago, during the genesis of Los Angeles’ studio and gallery district, among the delightful and memorable signs of life downtown were the outdoor painted sites of Maura Sheehan. Her pastel stripes, brightly painted parking lots, and polka-dotted curbs were the fine-tuned grace notes in a growing chorus of optimistic renewal. Locating itself wherever and whenever it pleased, now boldly covering an open expanse of asphalt, then slowly and calmly making its way around an obscure corner between tall buildings, her work helped to make us aware of the beauties and peculiarities of downtown Los Angeles. Finding it, witnessing the work appear and disappear in the stream of graphic warnings and instructions, we had a sense of exhilaration akin to the experience of seeing a flower emerge through a crack in the pavement. Sheehan’s art bore some resemblance to graffiti and she operated in

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