Damian Loeb (American, b.1970) is a Hyperrealist painter who creates paintings that depict scenes as film stills that are emotionally distant. He grew up in Connecticut, but moved to New York City when he dropped out of high school in 1989. While in New York, Loeb became a self-taught painter.

His first solo show was at Mary Boone Gallery in New York City. He continued to have solo shows and participated in group shows at White Cube in London, Jablonka Gallerie in Cologne, and the Kunsthalle in Hamburg. In 2006, the Aldritch Museum of Contemporary Art in Connecticut hosted his retrospective. In his early works, Loeb used appropriated images from pop culture. After his solo show at Mary Boone, Loeb was sued for using copyrighted images, so he began removing all identifiable characters from the scenes he was painting. Loeb eventually began to take his own photographs, which were reminiscent of cinematic scenes. He calls his newer paintings, in which he uses his own photographs, personal film stills.

Loeb says that his favorite artist is Vermeer. His own obvious obsession with light echoes Vermeer’s light studies. The artist’s film influences include works by directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Stephen Spielberg. In his 2011 show, Verschränkung and The Uncertainty Principle, at Acquavella Gallery, Loeb exhibited paintings that were based on his own photographs of his wife, Zoya. The nude images depict her in calm and intimate scenes. Loeb currently lives and works in New York City, where he is represented by Acquavella Gallery.

Timeline

1970
Born in New Haven, Connecticut
Lives in New York City

Exhibitions

2008
SYNESTHESIA, PARATAXIC DISTORTION, AND THE SHADOW: A SHOW OF PAINTINGS BY DAMIAN LOEB, Acquavella Galleries
2006
Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2005
Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts (solo)
2004
Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts (solo)
2004
The Charged Image, Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut
2003
Horror/Sci-Fi 1.1.9b2, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY (solo)
2003
Airtight Plan For Killing, Buia Gallery, NYC, NY
2001
Hypermental, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
2001
View Five: Westworld, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY
2001
Public Domain, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY (solo)
2000
I Can Stop Anytime, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY (solo)
2000
Generator, Trevi Flash Art Museum, Trevi, Italy
2000
Hypermental, Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
1999
Facts and Fictions, Part 4: New York, Galleria In Arco, Turin, Italy
1999
Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY (solo)
1999
Mangoes, White Cube, London, England (solo)
1998
Tension, Robert Miller Gallery, NYC, NY
1996
White Room, White Columns, NYC, NY (solo)