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Monday, December 11, 2017

Orlando artist's Hillary Clinton portrait sets off security dogs at Art Miami

Posted By on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 2:58 PM

Orlando artist Scott Scheidly's punk-inspired portrait of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton briefly shut down an Art Miami tent after security dogs flagged it as suspicious.

The Miami Herald reports the dogs were alerted after sniffing a crate containing a pink-haired rendering of Clinton wearing a leather jacket stitched with the words "A GLOBAL THREAT." Miami law enforcement briefly shut down the area to sweep the site and ran the portrait through an X-ray machine. The Herald reports no threatening items were found, though the tent's opening was slightly delayed.

Gallery owner Ken Hashimoto told the Herald that police didn't know what caused the dogs to react but joked it was probably a "Republican bomb dog."

Scheidly's "Punk Hillary" portrait was accompanied to Art Miami with a portrait of President Donald Trump as a pimp. The Herald reports both paintings sold to a single collector at a value of $4,000 each.

The Orlando artist's series of satirical portraits depicts dictators, politicians and celebrities in jarring pink-and-purple-hued costumes. His portrait of Trump as a clown was also featured in Artborne last year.

"Scheidly’s work presents a satirical analysis of power, corruption, celebrity and masculinity," according to a summary of the artist's collection from the art space SPOKE. "Through his exploration of color theory and sexual identity, Scheidly presents an important contemporary discussion of societal norms masked in a veil of humor and shock value."

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