Damian Loeb (born 1970) is a self taught American painter. Growing up
in Connecticut, he moved to New York City in 1989.

Loeb had his first solo show in 1999 at the Mary Boone Gallery. He is
now represented by Acquavella Galleries in New York and has had
international solo and group shows at galleries and museums, including
White Cube in London, Jablonka Galerie in Cologne, the Kunsthalle in
Hamburg, and a 2006 retrospective at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary
Art in Connecticut.

His work has consistently explored the dialogue of narrative tropes in
an image soaked contemporary environment. Early works used found
imagery collaged to create new contexts from photojournalism and
advertising. Successive shows moved on to use and explore cinematic
stills as the source of a visual collective consciousness.

Having taught himself photography in recent years, his latest body of
work takes the dialogue to the next step by incorporating the vocabulary
of cinematography and the expediency of his original photographs as
inspiration for the new paintings.

According to the artist:

Our memories are convenient lies we create, cribbing images from others'
experiences, subconsciously culled from the ever abundant and
exponentially growing library of both digital and analogue film and
print media -- always just a click away. We discard the personal
specifics which don't conform to the ideal conventional beauty created
by art directors and cinematographers. Art becomes about history and
aesthetics or it is purely an esoteric intellectual pursuit if it
doesn't address this new way of seeing. The advent of the digital age
and the immediacy and convenience of digital video and photography
allows people to become an integral part of the feedback loop which
actively shapes the content we are fed. The images for the new show are
a reflection of an idealized world filtered through the demands of eyes
expecting momentous personal experiences to be composed like a Hollywood blockbuster -- romance to look like a French film from the 60's and fearto look like John Carpenter's Halloween. To quote Johnny Rotten,"This is what you want; this is what you get."

In creating the images I used as the basis for this collection, I shot
all the time; constantly looking through the camera instead of over it,
searching for what has now become universally familiar, the eye of the
director. Focusing on both the narrative and scene setting, but careful
to never interfere through instruction or forced lighting, I eventually
managed to find ways to compose and capture these very specific
"personal film stills". These images are solidified and codified
through the act of painting them on canvas where they can be viewed as a
new chapter in a conversation exemplified by artists as diverse as
Vermeer, Balthus, Millais, and Eric Fischl, as well as the theatrical
visions of the Lumiere brothers and the language created by master
directors like Hitchcock, Kubrick, and Spielberg.

Damian Loeb: Sgr A*
Damian Loeb: Sgr A*
March 3 – April 4, 2017
Damian Loeb
Damian Loeb
Sol-d February 28 – April 10, 2014
Damian Loeb:
Damian Loeb:
Verschränkung and The Uncertainty Principle May 5 – June 16, 2011
Synesthesia, Parataxic Distortion, and the Shadow
Synesthesia, Parataxic Distortion, and the Shadow
A Show of Paintings by Damian Loeb September 3 – October 6, 2008
Damian Loeb
Damian Loeb
Sol d Landscapes March - April 2014
Masterworks from Degas to Rosenquist
Masterworks from Degas to Rosenquist
Masterworks from Degas to Rosenquist February 6 - April 6, 2012
Damian Loeb
Damian Loeb
Verschränkung and The Uncertainty Principle May 6 - June 17, 2011
Interior Design
Interior Design
Damian Loeb Paints the Galaxy as Seen From Earth by Annie Block February 2017
10 of the Best Artworks of Art Basel Miami Beach December 1, 2016
The Art Newspaper
The Art Newspaper
Damian Loeb's Starry Skies March 2, 2017

Need to put things into a cosmic perspective? Head to Acquavella Galleries in New York for Damian Loeb’s solo exhibition, Sgr A*—after Sagittarius A*, the black hole at the centre of our galaxy—which opens tonight, 2 March (until 4 April). The show features a dozen new oil on linen works based on the artist’s digital photographs of the skies and astronomical phenomena, including the bright green swirl of the Aurora Borealis, caught on a plane ride over the Dakotas, and the depths of the Milky Way. Many of the images, such as the tiny black spot of Mercury in front of the sun or Jupiter and its moons, were, surprisingly, shot from the rooftop of the downtown Manhattan building where Loeb lives and works. The autodidact artist transforms the images into meticulous paintings in his basement studio, a tech and gadget lover’s dream, with live video feed of the city (which can zoom in on buildings to an almost disturbing degree), drawers full of digital cameras and lenses and a nook outfitted with recording studio equipment that the artist has rejigged so that faders can be used to flip through or manipulate images. Observing and shooting the sky is a cathartic experience for Loeb. “The Earth and all of the BS on it is a very small part of the universe,” he says.

1st Dibs Introspective Magazine
1st Dibs Introspective Magazine
Damian Loeb's Paintings are Truly Out of This World March 20, 2017

By Hilarie M. Sheets

The New York artist has been studying astronomy and high-tech photography to produce works that reveal the wonders of space.

Financial Times
Financial Times
How to Spend It March 2, 2017

By Christina Ohly Evans

Out of this world: Damian Loeb's celestial paintings at Acquavella Galleries. The artist's new series explores visions of the universe.

Daily Mail
Damian Loeb's Hyperrrealist Art August 1, 2013

The Huffington Post
Damian Loeb Brings Hyperrealism To Another Level July 30, 2013

Vanity Fair
M.C. Hammerstein August 2013

Installing 'Bird's-Eye View' Images at Arts Center June 11, 2013

Impulse & Vision

Interview Magazine
Interview by Mike Myers September 2008

The New York Times: Damian Loeb
Ken Johnson Hans Silvester September 25, 2008

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