2005 Biennale Award
I am pleased to let you know that Duffy Sheridan has received three great honors in the past few months. He has been invited to participate in the Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea known as the Florence Biennale. It will take place from December 3 - 11, 2005 in Florence, Italy. The United Nations recognized the Florence Biennale as an official partner in the program "Dialogue Among Nations". The last exhibition was defined as a wonderful Biennale, with 890 artists from 72 nations despite their differences of language and faith, found a common language in art to communicate their cultural values, illustrating Kofi Annan's statement:
"Artists have a special role to play in the global struggle for peace. At their best, artists speak not only to people; they speak for them. Art is a weapon against ignorance and hatred and an agent of public awareness. Art opens new doors for learning, understanding, and peace among people and nations." (http://www.florencebiennale.org/home_eng.htm)
In March, we learned that his "Self Portrait 2004" has won the Director's Award at the International Guild of Realism juried show that opened in Dallas. The Director's Award is the highest honor of the show. (www.realsimguild.com)
About this painting, Duffy said, "There has been a lot of controversy lately calling into question the drawing abilities of the old masters; suggesting that they were not skilled draftsmen, but relied on mechanical aids. This started me thinking about the drawing ability of these great painters. Even though they may have chosen different methods of short cuts, I believe they were all good draftsmen, some better than others. I decided to make a personal comment by way of producing a new self portrait using only a mirror as an example of how artists are quite capable of very accurate drawing without the use of mechanical aids - especially the great masters of the past.
I generally do a new self portrait every four or five years. I sometimes wonder if artists paint self portraits because they get frustrated with models who won't sit still!"
Also in March, Duffy's painting "Trust" was honored with the Chairman's Choice award for the Art Renewal Center's 2nd International ARC Salon Competition. Their Associate Program Director wrote "There was an overwhelming response to the competition, as the ARC received over 1500 entries from all over the world. The very best artists from more than 30 countries have enthusiastically participated and we are extremely pleased with the quality of work submitted." (www.artrenewal.org)