Location: United States
Sheila Fein Fantasy Pop Artist
Fantasy Pop is a perfect way to describe my work. I view the world in a fantastical way and am enamored with what our minds can create. I like to surprise my viewer and myself with an unexpected perspective. When I am creating images it is though I am in a waking dream that is coming through me onto paper or canvas. Whimsy with thought is my attitude. The world holds so much pain and tragedy, so I have made it my job to be a positive escape and counter balance. I am a voice that calls attention to the little things and moments in our lives that we hold dear in our popular culture.
“In this world full of uncertainty, if I can brighten someone’s day, fulfill their need for whimsy and fantasy, I have done my job."
Born in New York City in 1956, residing in Los Angeles, California, Sheila Fein studied art in New York, Italy, and England, earning her Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Sheila’s work is a unique study of the imagination. Dreamlike, whimsical, and fantastical in nature, her portraits, canvases, and works on paper are filled with bright playful images. She favors acrylics, the airbrush with ink or oil paint, pastels,and the colored pencil to achieve her images.
Sheila began her career in 1977 as a commercial artist. She was first hired on a C.E.T.A. grant to service the Schenectady, New York Art Council, the Chamber of Commerce and its Arts Awareness Program. As part of her function, she created and headed a graphics department teaching advertising techniques, graphic design, and drawing, along with producing art for the community’s commercial needs.
In 1980, Sheila moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she worked as a freelance illustrator and designer. Her work appeared in TV commercials, posters, magazines, brochures, business logos, promotional materials, T-shirt designs, and women’s sportswear designs. In addition, Sheila illustrated walking tour maps of major cities all over the United States.
In 1987, since her move to Los Angeles, Sheila has worked almost exclusively as a fine artist. Her artwork is in the collections of corporations, galleries, and private individuals in the United States and abroad. Among her collectors are Richard Riordan (former Mayor of Los Angeles), Bob Marx (The Marx Brothers Estate),Connie Stevens (actress) and Mindy Sterling(Actress) from the Austin Power blockbusters. Some of her representation has included the Chapelle de la Sorbonne in Paris, France, Jane Anthony Gallery in Newtown, PA, Gallery of Fine Art & Illustration, Philadelphia, PA, the DeVorzon Gallery in Los Angeles, the Gene Sinser Gallery in Hancock Park, CA, the Carmen/Brown Gallery of Laguna Niguel, CA, the Artful Eye Gallery in Agoura Hills, CA, the Craig Cary Gallery in Brentwood, CA, The Hunter/Bisset Gallery, Vancouver, BC, and the Ronald Reagan Library & Museum in Simi Valley, CA where her portrait of President Clinton titled “Transition” was first displayed. The painting now resides in the Clinton Library.
Sheila has donated art to such charitable causes as the Make a Wish Foundation, Window Between Worlds, the Carousel of Hope, the American Cancer Society, the Fowler Wildlife Association, Saint Johns Hospital, the Loving Heart Hospice, and Music for Heart/Rotary Int/Gift of Life which she designed their brand, logos, posters, merchandise, giclee image "Heart", and graphics.
Her work has been auctioned to raise money for Stephen S. Wise Temple, Temple Judea, the Heschal Day School, and local schools in Los Angeles and Las Virgenes counties. She was an docent for the Las Virgenes School District where she reached out to children through the arts. Sheila continues to show her work in and around the Los Angeles excepting commissions and selling her work independently.
Sheila Fein is the mother of four daughters who are a constant inspiration and resource for her work. Her goal is to create and show images that document facets of our lives and to share these images for people to own and enjoy. Sheila’s philosophy is to work with the critic off your shoulder and to let your imagination be your guide.
*If you would like to see her resume, additional work, hire her for a commission or a Fein Fantasy Portrait, contact
To see a detailed resume and more of my work go to sheilafein.com
*"Escape to the Westside" recently received first place in the juried show Askew.
The show was held by the Ventura County for the Arts in its Atrium Lobby Gallery in their Hall of Administration's Government Center for Ventura, CA.
My acrylic painting, "Escape to the Westside" is a chaotic look at Laurel Canyon while I was driving to the Westside from the Valley. Since it is a canyon it is not a straight thoroughfare. The road is filled with juxtaposing hills, road-signs, wild life and other cars. As I was driving, the world became animated to me, and I was compelled to pull over and sketch what I was viewing during one of LA’s many traffic jams.
The collection I am currently working on I call Fantasy Pop. You can view more of my work on www.flickr.com/photos/sheilafein or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming soon the new
In my colored pencil drawing, “Flowers Girls Overlooking”, it is my way of sharing my twin daughters’ relationship when they were small and Flower girls at a friend’s wedding. The terrain they overlook is at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA. It is a child’s view of their circumstance as they hover between reality and the realm of play.
My acrylic painting, Papayas, Bananas, and Mountains show the whimsical division between nature and how we manipulate its resources for our own needs. I live in the Santa Monica Mountains and often sit outside on my fenced in property and ponder nature as it unfolds around me. Then I go back into my house of man-made objects and eat a meal on a tray in front of the TV. The flowers in the vase represent our capture of
nature’s fleeting beauty and bounty.
I am proud to get third place on my acrylic painting shown at the Motive
Art Show this Oct. 2011 at the VAC Government Building Atrium Gallery in Ventura, CA.
The show was beautiful and had so many amazing artist's works.
The piece was originally created for my husband Steven as a joke on my perceived driving in the past. It is 32 x 40" painted on museum board and framed in a beautiful black frame. The work is available as an original or a print. Please contact me.
You can see other work of mine at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sheilafein
This triptych is from my Personification Series. We embue personalities onto the objects we buy, take ownership of their color and style, and become one with the object. This work is being shown at the VCAC Atrium Gallery in Ventura Friday, August 24th to Tuesday, October 9th, 2012
This portfolio is about our rights of passage as we mature from childhood to adulthood.
The objects and the clothes we wore were our identities and anchored us in a timeline
of our popular culture. Letting go and moving on will always be a leap of faith.