Duke Riley is fascinated by maritime history and events around the waterways of New York. Riley uses antiquated maritime craft, such as scrimshaw, tattooing, and sailor's valentines, as well as large scale drawing, sculpture, photography, and installation to interweave historical and contemporary events with elements of fiction and myth to create allegorical histories.
Eastman (formerly Shop)
Duke Riley worked in the Eastman (formerly Shop) studio.
Thanks to the generous support of MacDowell Fellow and board member Louise Eastman, a century-old farm building has been reinvented as a modern, energy efficient live and workspace for visual artists. Originally built to provide storage when the residency program was expanding, this small barn was simply converted for studio use in the mid-1950s with the…