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Jeff Damberg

Freelance Artist & Sculptor

Location:Monroe, Connecticut, United States
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In 1976, the famous sculptor, Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, N.A., saw Jeff Damberg's work during his first week at the Academy, and offered Jeff a full working-scholarship with stipend and housing. For the next years, Jeff studied with teachers who taught at The Art Students League, and were members of The National Academy. In studio classes Jeff learned Portrait and Figure Painting from the renowned portrait artist, Robert Brackman, N.A.. Brackman taught what he had learned decades earlier from his teacher, the famous Impressionist, Robert Henri. Brackman was a world-renowned portrait artist whose formal portraits include Charles Lindbergh; members of the Rockefeller family; the Board of Directors of RCA; and also the portraits featured in the Hollywood production "The Portrait of Jennie". He is listed in The History Britannica as the finest pastel painter since Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt. Jeff studied Portrait Sculpture with Mrs. Chandler, whose public works can be seen at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan; Figure Sculpture with Michael Lance, N.A.; and drawing with Harold Goodwin.

Jeff graduated with an excellent standing at the Academy, with marks of "Excellent" in a letter written from Brackman, (Lyme Academy, like the Art Students League did not assign grades.) During his years at Lyme Academy, Jeff also co-taught still-life classes at Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut.

After graduation, Jeff lived and worked from a loft in SOHO, New York, NY, then joined with artist friends to develop an artists' loft community in Stamford, CT, later known as The Stamford Loft Artists' Association. A Daily News article about the new art community featured one of Jeff's seascapes, celebrating "the new Stamford SOHO". Jeff was later invited to live and work at The Bush-Holley House in Cos Cob, CT, the site of the original artists' colony of the Impressionists.

Experimenting with Expressionism, Jeff became part of the Abstract Expressionist group called "New New", spear-headed by noted art critic and author, Dr. Kenworth Moffett, then the curator for The Boston Museum of Fine Art, and overseen by renowned art critic, Clement Greenberg, the famous advocate of Jackson Pollock's work. He gave Jeff's art a favorable critique, saying that if his paintings were hanging in Manhattan, it would be the finest show in the city. Conceptual Abstract was the order of the day, however, so for new direction, Jeff studied the Old Masters, and painted replicas of Masterworks on commission.

Jeff was the lead-in for a New York Times article about mural painters in 1994, and he has been commissioned to paint murals from as far away as Cambridge, England.

Jeff's formal portrait commissions include members of the DuPont and Mellon families. He has received referrals for commissioned paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, and from Dr. Moffett, then the director of The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art in Florida. Jeff's work has been accepted into art shows too numerous to list, including at The National Academy of Design, New York, NY. His paintings and murals have been featured in numerous publications including Metropolitan Home Magazine; Westchester County's Living and Dining magazine; and the cover of Greenwich Magazine, Greenwich, CT.

Jeff has successfully completed over two hundred and fifty commissions throughout the U.S.A.; and in Canada; England; Ireland; Germany; Israel, over half of them portraits.

Along with commissions, Jeff does fine art and sculpture restoration:
sculpture: oil paintings; frames; murals; gilding. His scholarship at Lyme Academy was awarded by Mrs. Chandler for sculpture, and at the end of each semester, his sculptures were the ones chosen for casting to represent the school.

Jeff, and his wife, Joanne are also publishing his favorite original oil paintings into Giclée (ghee-clay) museum-quality prints on canvas.


Birth Place: Greenwich, CT, USA

Selected Group Shows 2010 Holland Fine Art, Bedford, NY

2008 Watch Hill Improvement Society, Watch Hill, RI

2007 Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists

2000 National Academy of Design, New York, NY

1996 Watch Hill Improvement Society, Watch Hill, RI

1994 Watch Hill Improvement Society, Watch Hill, RI

1992 Watch Hill Improvement Society, Watch Hill, RI

1990 Watch Hill Improvement Society, Watch Hill, RI

1989 Mystic Arts Association, Mystic, CT

1983 Stamford Loft Artists’ Association, Stamford, CT

1982 Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Stamford, CT

1982 Stamford Loft Artists’ Association, Stamford, CT

1982 Mystic Arts Association, Mystic, CT

1980 Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT

1979 Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT

Selected One-Man Shows

2006 Eye International, New York, NY

2005 River Road Gallery, Wilton, CT

2004 Round Hill Community Church, Greenwich, CT

2003 Howard Whittemore Memorial Library, Naugatuck, CT

2003 Middlebury Library, Middlebury, CT

Selected Collections

• Alamo Corporate Offices, Fort Lauderdale, Florida;

• Guardian Life Insurance Company, New York, NY

• Private collections in USA; Canada; England; Ireland; Germany; Israel

Commissioned Murals in Public Places

• Elm Street Oyster House dining room, Greenwich

• Lexington Square Cafe, Mt. Kisco, NY

• Heathcote Tavern, Scarsdale, NY, two murals: in bar, and cigar room

Have focused on commissioned work since 1991, successfully completing approximately two hundred and fifty commissions nationally and internationally


Antiques and the Arts Weekly, 2011

Greenwich Time, 2005

Greenwich Post, 2005

The Darien Times, 2005

Stamford Advocate, 2005

New Canaan Advertiser, 2005

Fairfield County Weekly, 2005

Easton Courier, 2005

The Wilton Villager, 2005

The Hour, 2005

The Ridgefield Press, 2005

The Wilton Bulletin, 2005

The Redding Pilot, 2005

The Weston Forum, 2005

The Lewisboro Ledger, 2005

Better Homes and Gardens: Decorating, 2003

Greenwich Magazine, 2001

Metropolitan Home, 2000

National Academy of Design catalog, 2000

Greenwich Magazine, 1998

Greenwich Post, 1997

Where to Find It, 1996

Metropolitan Home, 1996

Greenwich Post, 1996

Living and Dining, 1996

The New York Times, 1994

Metropolitan Home magazine, 1994

Daily News, 1982

The Day, 1976


1983 University of Connecticut; Storrs, CT

1980 The Art Students League; New York, NY

1979 Lyme Academy of Fine Arts graduate; Old Lyme, CT

Community Involvement

2006 Volunteered to create logo for children's table tennis at YMCA

2004-06 Volunteered at soup kitchens in Naugatuck and Waterbury, CT

2004-06 Support of the Red Cross through donations of original artwork

1997 Donation of fine art to Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts

1994 Donation of original artwork for a Red Cross benefit

1992-05 Annual donations of fine art to various churches

Extracurricular Activities

1988 Served as a navigator in The Race Across America

1984-88 Participated in numerous triathlons and marathons

1986 Wrote/produced a film about running, “The Runner”

1984 Assistant Producer for a documentary film in Amman, Jordan

1982 Wrote/produced a film about water-skiing, "Hydronastics"


2008 Lyme Art Association, CT

2007 Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists

2005 Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists

1991 “New New” artists’ group, NY

1987 One of first artists in the now Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, RI

1984 One of first artists in The Stamford Artists’ Association

1980 Invited to paint and live at the Bush-Holley House, Cos Cob, CT


· Award for a portrait from the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists

· Won full working-scholarship with stipend and housing to Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, Old Lyme, CT

Artist's Statement

“After graduating from Lyme Academy I had years of expressionistic experimentation. I learned to use colors in new ways and intensity, and tried new approaches to convey time and motion on canvas. This became the foundation of the more realistic work I do now. I believe in painting with the impasto of the brush, to release the paint expressively rather than descriptively, with a flow of color.”

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