Scott Scheidly is an artist living and working in Orlando, Florida. On his website, Scheidly explains how his first art project started when “devouring a 10 pack of crayons thus turning his diaper into a Jackson Pollack”. Only sixteen years later he graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Probably most famous for his “Pink Series”, the artist depicts notorious dictators, Hollywood celebrities, and contemporary politicians bathed in hues of pinks and purples, presenting a satirical analysis of power, corruption, and masculinity. In a humorous, yet somewhat shocking and predictably offensive way, Scheidly opens room for the discussion of societal norms. Find more works on www.flounderart.com and check out the interview below.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
A metaphor wrapped in a conundrum.
Whom do you look up to?
Salvador Dali, Kent Williams, Rachel Ruysch, Christian Rex van Minnen, John-Michel Basquiat.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
Hallucinogens, dreams and the answer to life.
How did your art career start?
I truly believe that Lego’s started everything for me. Then I started making money in high school doing other students projects however joining art school was a split second decision. I was at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a good friend and his mother so he could enroll and as I was sitting there waiting I was asked if I was enrolling as well. I thought about it for 5 seconds and then said yes.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced during your career as an artist?
The monetary ups and downs of working for oneself.
Do you have a favourite quote that describes what you truly believe in?
The truth will set you confused.
All images © Scott Scheidly