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Damian Loeb, Roman Charity (after Rubens), 2021, oil on linen, 72" x 72" © Damian Loeb

Damian Loeb

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Damian Loeb, Photograph by Adam Guy, courtesy the artist, Pace Gallery, and Acquavella Galleries

b. 1970, New Haven, Connecticut

Damian Loeb is a self-taught artist. He first came to attention after being discovered by Jeffrey Deitch of Deitch Projects in 1997.

Loeb’s art is informed by cinematography and the image-soaked culture of contemporary times. The artist dissects and recomposes life as experienced through the eye of a director, taking resonant, emotional moments and distilling them into representational work to highlight the sense of the universal and the uncanny that subtly erupts in everyday life.

For the past decade, the artist has been focused on painting grand and graphic scenes of Earth and its celestial environs. In the summer of 2017, Loeb traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to experience firsthand the “Great American Eclipse.” His meticulously painted images capture the intimacy and immensity of this existential event. The artist continues to build on these themes, creating paintings that expand the terrestrial view and that show dreamlike images beyond humanity’s known world.

Since his first solo show at Mary Boone Gallery in 1999, Loeb has had solo shows at White Cube in London, Mario Diacono Gallery in Boston, Jablonka Gallery in Cologne, and Acquavella Galleries in New York. In 2006, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut held a retrospective of his work. He is co-represented by Acquavella Galleries and Pace Gallery. At Frieze New York in 2019, Acquavella Galleries presented Loeb’s paintings as a solo exhibition, only the second time in the gallery’s history that they have dedicated their presentation at a fair to a single artist.

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Damian Loeb, Danae and the shower of gold (after Rubens), 2020, Oil on linen, 20” x 20” © Damian Loeb

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Damian Loeb, Two Satyrs (after Rubens), 2020, Oil on linen, 24” x 24” © Damian Loeb

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Damian Loeb, Atmosphere (Warm Fingers), 2010, oil on linen, 36" x 36" © Damian Loeb

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Damian Loeb, A Strange Day, 2018, oil on linen, 48" x 48" © Damian Loeb

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Damian Loeb, The Architects of Law (Grand Mal), 2019, oil on linen, 72" x 72" © Damian Loeb