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Steven Scheidt and Ryan Scheidt at MANIFOLD

Steven Scheidt and Ryan Scheidt
an exhibition of paintings by father and son

4426 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago IL 60640

Throughout his career, Ryan Scheidt’s focus on painting took him through a variety of processes of cultivating randomness. From a measured graphing of randomly drawn lines and forms, to relying on the interaction of paint and ground itself to determine the outcome of work. Ryan’s various methods of artmaking would not have been possible without the initial inspiration and support of a father already steeped in a knowledge and practice of painting.
In the late 60's, Steven Scheidt, a graduate of Wabash College, studied abstract expressionism, and its influence on his work is evident. Steven’s inspiration came from artists like, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Though he continued to paint for many years after college, he has never before shown the work on display in this exhibition.
Steven passed away in July of this year. In their last conversation, the two discussed planning a joint exhibition of their work. Realized here with a number of selected works by both artists is an exhibition with prime examples of their commitment to painting, as well as a father’s influence on his son.