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Scott Scheidly + Matt Duke
October 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Ohio Born. At age four I attempted my first art project by devouring a 10 pack of crayons thus turning my diaper into a Jackson Pollack. At age six I was introduced to the sweet nectar of school paste. At around this same time period I began producing turkey drawings by tracing my hand. At age seven I lost my thumb in an unfortunate Big Wheel accident ending my successful “Hand Turkey Period”. At age ten I ate more paste, however at age eleven I switched to water based paints & modeling clay. Between age twelve to sixteen I was in a daze from the paints I had eaten which I found out to be oil based. I did not produce much art during this time which we will call the “Your Sons Not Quite Right Period”. At age seventeen I had kicked my habits and refined my skills and began to earn money with art for the first time by doing fellow students art projects for lunch money. At age twenty I apparently graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and moved to Florida unbeknownst to me. I still live in Florida where I enjoy floundering about and painting pretty pictures, and I still eat paste now and again just to remind myself of my roots and how I ended up like this. Some day I hope not to be famous.
“The truth will set you confused”.
Is the first born child of Tedd and Lindsay Duke. Tedd and Lindsay were sucessful entrepreneurs of Glamour Shots (1987 – 1994) located at Orlando Florida’s Fashion Square Mall. Tedd the resident photographer and Lindsay, head make-up-artist instilled a strong work ethic in Matt from an ealy age.
“I would watch my mom paint these women for hours while ironing clothes. More than anything I think this is why I became an artist.” , Matt says.
Tedd Duke would often boast that he had found the perfect angle for portrait photography. A self-proclaimed master of the craft he would constantly engage and debate anyone that might dissagree. Currently he has taken over 25,000 portraits.
“My father was a proud man. He is much more humble now days. I think he has accepted the fact that the world isn’t always ready for certain talents. His confidence has always been a driving factor in my work”, Matt says.
Matts work drips of middle class dissapointment. It is one thing to reach for the stars and another to bring the stars home.