Scott Scheidly will tell you he has never worked a day in his life. Instead the Orlando-based artist successfully earns a living by creating insanely detailed and imaginative paintings that reflect life, wonder, and the universal connection of all things. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh graduate veers away from his acclaimed on-going series “The Pinks” to bring a new collection of radiant portraits depicting the complex entanglement of human identity and natural habitat.
The alluring subjects featured in each of Scheidly’s acrylic paintings don’t just convey their naturalistic emotions, but rather their entire essence. In just a glance you quickly learn about their personalities and experiences through extraordinary headdresses and hairpieces that host both fascinating flora and ferocious fauna. Scheidly further strengthens the representation between one’s self and our surroundings by occasionally blurring the boundaries where the subject and their environment meet, often as if the subject was dissolving into everything around them to become a unique link in the chain that connects all things. By constantly challenging his own ideas Scheidly remains one of the few artists out there who continues to excel in both concept and technique.
The exhibition opens alongside a new body of work from Alexandra Manukyan. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, don’t miss the chance to see these works in person.
August 15, 2015 | 8-11:30PM
August 15, 2015- September 5, 2015
Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404