Art Brokerage: Syd Dutton American Artist: b. 1944. Syd Dutton (born 1 December 1944) is a visual effects artist specialized in matte paintings who worked on several Star Trek films and television series. Born as Sydney Richard Dutton is San Francisco, California he started his career in the matte department at Universal Studios in the late '70s. Dutton learned from matte expert Albert Whitlock, who provided matte paintings for Star Trek: The Original Series. In 1983 he formed with Bill Taylor the effects company Illusion Arts, Inc., located in Van Nuys, California, which provided matte paintings to several Star Trek projects. The company was closed in 2009 and Dutton joined the Culver City based VFX shop "Zoic Studios" as art director and lead matte artist. During his time on Star Trek Dutton earned two Emmy Award nominations and one win for Outstanding Achievement in Special Visual Effects: Listings wanted.