Scott Duce is an international artist who currently works out of New York City on film and animation projects. He attended the University of Utah in 1981 for his BFA, and furthered his education at Boston University in 1983 when he received his MFA.
Inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s quote, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see,” Duce has spent his life “painting and drawing in order to understand what I see and seeing to understand what I make. My work is based on observation combined with a desire to visually interpret nature, landscape, and culture.
I am continually moving between producing paintings, drawings, prints, and animations. For me observation comes first, whether I am on a city street or in the mountains I am always looking for what catches my eye, what excites me visually, what surprises me by humor, beauty, or conflict. I then take what I have witnessed and reinterpret this imagery through form, light, color, and meaning.”
Duce’s works are included in many corporate, museum, and private collections, some of which include Random House, General Electric, IBM, Pfizer, Inc., Capital Holding Corporation, McGraw-Hill Corporation, Petroplus Holdings, Switzerland, Seagrams-Montreal, Canada, and the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. His works have also been exhibited throughout the United States, with several solo exhibitions in New York City, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, and internationally in Paris, France; Florence, Italy; and Lima, Peru. He has had many commissioned works, including Bell South, Atlanta; White Elephant Resort, Nantucket; Embassy Suites Hotels, and the Knoxville Museum of Art, as well as many private commissions. Now, Duce works as a visual film/animation advisor and creator, painter, and is a visiting filmmaking professor at Sarah Lawrence College just outside of New York City.