Stephen Sheffield photography & mixed media


About the artist

Stephen Sheffield, a native of the Boston area, obtained his BFA in painting and mixed media from Cornell University in Ithaca NY in 1988. He went on to receive his MFA for photography and mixed media from the California College of the Arts in Oakland CA in 1993. While at CCA he studied directly under, and was artist assistant to Larry Sultan. He also studied under Cris Johnson, Jean Finley, Jim Goldberg and was artist assistant to Carrie Mae Weems.


Influenced by film noir, crime novels and the projected memories of past eras, Sheffield constructs iconic moments of mystery, ambiguity and male insecurity. Often the images depict Sheffield’s displaced figure dressed in a suit standing, crouching, turning, walking and leaning. The figure will sometimes be blurred from movement, heightening the sense of surrounding stillness.

Stephen has exhibited nationally for over 25 years, and his black and white photography is represented in Boston by Panopticon Gallery and in LA and Internatinally by the Duncan Miller Gallery - Collector Works Gallery and



Influenced by past and modern masters of collage and montage such as Robert Rauchenberg, David Hockney and Alexander Rodchenko, I work to construct iconic and sensitive intersecting moments between the past and the present. The collaborative spirit of commission work is challenging and inspiring, and produces a push and pull that, when done well, creates artwork that is highly satisfying for both the artist and the patron.

The large-scale commissions are for private collectors, institutions, restaurants and hotels.  In addition to being a full-time artist, stephen ran the 2nd year black and white photography major at the New England School of Photography in Boston for 12 years until 2016, and is now facutly at the New Hampshire Institute of Art MFA Program.

Please contact me to see additional work, for pricing or to discuss a future project.


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Cornell University -

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New Hampshire Institute Of Art MFA Program -

Panopticon Gallery -

Board of Directors of the South Shore Arts Center -