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. Duff has gallery representation in Michigan as well as Tennessee.
My 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. Lone houses, 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 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.
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
Wayne State University, 2009, Detroit, MI
College of Fine, Performing & Communication Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Painting (Magna Cum Laude)
The Dialogist, Quarterly Poetry & Art / Vol. IV, Issue II