ARTIST STATEMENT:

My landscape paintings are a record of moments encountered. These scenes are not only visual experiences, but they conjure emotions and memories far beyond communicating through words.

I work in both a studio environment and plein air, painting predominantly in oil on paper, canvas, and wood panels. My methods vary from the direct approach of alla prima painting, to the traditional indirect style of subtle layers of thinly glazed color.

My goal with each new painting is to create work that will give the viewer a moment to pause and reflect. I am drawn to imagery that is not only beautiful and scenic, but at times slightly unsettling, haunting and awe inspiring. Storms, fast moving clouds, large expanses of water and the fleeting effects of light are common themes throughout my paintings. Additionally, my work is greatly influenced by travel, as I document my surrounding environment through paintings, sketches and photographs.

While my work would be categorized as representational, my focus is not on creating a realistic picture, it is in evoking emotion and depicting a sense of atmosphere. A moment of quiet reflection and perhaps self discovery in this chaotic world we live in. An exploration of the quiet beauty in both the mundane and extraordinary. It is through the act of art-making that I strive to call attention to what is already there, but seldom noticed and often overlooked.
 

BIOGRAPHY:

Edward Duff was born in London, England and grew up in Michigan where he studied at the College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University. Duff focuses primarily on the subject of landscape, and has exhibited his work throughout Michigan gaining numerous awards for his paintings. He worked as a Studio Assistant for the Detroit Institute of Arts and as the Art School Director for Paint Creek Center for the Arts from 2011 - 2014. He currently teaches drawing and painting classes and workshops at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2019  Town & Country | Water Street Gallery
2018  Views from the Road | Higher Art Gallery
2018  Michigan Scapes | Brighton Art Guild
2018  Still Waters Run Deep | Water Street Gallery
2018  Hot off the Wall, Art on Fire | Dixon Gallery and GArdens
2018  Terrain | Detroit Artists Market
2018  After the Sun Goes Down | Grosse Pointe War Memorial & The Boll House
2018  Out on a Limb | Water Street Gallery
2017  Think Small ’17 | Lawrence Street Gallery
2017  GPAA Faculty Exhibition - Grosse Pointe War Memorial & The Boll House
2017  Scarab Club Plein Air Challenge | The Scarab Club, Detroit
2017  Sensuality | Water Street Gallery | 2017
2017  Hatchback XI – HATCH Gallery – Juried / Statewide
2017  Michigan Annual XLIV – Anton Art Center – Juried / Statewide  *Second Place – Gathering Storm
2016  103rd Annual Gold Medal Exhibition – The Scarab Club – Juried
2016  Think Small ’16 – Lawrence Street Gallery – Juried *Honorable Mention – Dusk
2016  Blooms, Bugs, Beasts – The Scarab Club
2016  BBAC Faculty Exhibition – Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
2016  Michigan Annual XLIII – Anton Art Center – Juried / Statewide *Honorable Mention – Storm Over Sea #5
2015  Small Works – The Northville Art House – Juried  * First Place / Best in Show – Dusk
2014  101st Annual Gold Medal Exhibition – The Scarab Club – Juried *First Place / Gold Medal
2012  Faces & Portraits – Grosse Pointe Art Center – Juried 
2011 - 2014  Student & Faculty Show – Paint Creek Center for the Arts / 2011 – 2014


EDUCATION

Wayne State University, 2009, Detroit, MI
College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Painting (Magna Cum Laude)

 

PUBLICATIONS

The Dialogist, Quarterly Poetry & Art / Vol. IV, Issue II