I paint places that would rather be left alone.
Dark woods and dry fields beckon for me now as they did on childhood expeditions with my twin brother. Our adrenaline-tinged memories tell of forgotten barns and abandoned houses—disheveled rooms pregnant with secrets. Muffled stories ghost up from debris and sift through the air. Standing in these seemingly empty places, one wonders if someone had been there twenty years, or twenty minutes ago.
The tension between forbiddance and exploration endures in my studio; perhaps a blank panel would also rather be left alone. Its pure white field resists me until my need for discovery compels layers of marks and improbable manipulations of paint. Textures of home build with every stroke and subsequent erasure.
I was born from these forgotten places, and it is my duty to share their stories on white walls in cities far away.


Born 1982, Durham, NC
Lives and works in Durham, North Carolina and Brooklyn, New York


2013 M.F.A. Studio Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2008 Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary
2007 B.F.A. Painting, Barrett the Honors College, Arizona State University (summa cum laude) 2006 State Academy of Art and Design, Stuttgart, Germany
2001 University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School Program


1858 Prize Finalist
North Carolina Arts Council Arts Fellowship Recipient
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship 2008 U.S. Fulbright Grant
World Federation of Friends of Museums Luigi Bossi Scholarship 2005 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship
2004 Circumnavigators Foundation Travel Grant
2001 Congress-Bundestag Scholarship
2000 Japan-U.S. Senate Exchange Scholarship

Solo and two person exhibitions (selected)

Altered Land: Works by Damian Stamer and Greg Lindquist
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
A Stone’s Throw, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin, DE
A Little Past Lake Michie, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Just Down the Road, SOCO Gallery, Charlotte, NC
2015 New Paintings, Sherrick & Paul, Nashville, TN 
Firmament, The San Francisco Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014 Home, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin, DE 
Byways, Zane Bennett Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM 
Rummage, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Cross-Cut, Craven Allen Gallery, Durham, NC
2013 Sundays, Freight + Volume, New York, NY
Overgrown, Center for the Study of the American South, Chapel Hill, NC
2012 Southern Comfort, Freight + Volume, New York, NY
2011 Homecoming, Mill Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

Group exhibitions (selected)

2016 The Things We Carry: Contemporary Art in the South, The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC
Area 919, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
A Moment-Forever, Kunstwerk Museum – Collection of Alison and Peter W. Klein, Nussdorf, DE
Point & Counterpoint: NC Arts Council Fellows 2014-2015, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC
2014 For the Time Being, Koki Arts, Tokyo, JP
Art on Paper Biennial, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
Inaugural Exhibition, Sherrick & Paul, Nashville, TN
Foundations, Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
Brooklyn Academy of Music Benefit Exhibition, Whitebox Art Center, New York, NY 
60th Annual Juried Exhibition, Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC [awarded 3rd place by juror Marshall Price, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art] 
SCOPE, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
BERZERK, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
2013 ZigZag, State Academy of Art and Design, Stuttgart, DE
Accelerate, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Sincerely Yours, Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC
Benefit Exhibition for Ballet X, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
N.E.W., Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
New Perspectives of the Unordinary, Durham Art Guild, Durham NC [awarded 1st place by juror Elaine Gustafson, Curator of Exhibitions, Weatherspoon Art Museum]
Scapes, Durham Art Guild, Durham NC [awarded 1st place by juror Jennifer Dasal, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, North Carolina Museum of Art]
2012 A Life, Still, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Double Dirty Dozen, Freight + Volume, New York, NY
MIE: Portraits, Freight + Volume, New York, NY
2011 Haymaker, Freight + Volume, New York, NY
Brooklyn Academy of Music Benefit Exhibition, Brooklyn, NY 
Exit Art Benefit Exhibition, New York, NY 
Homegrown/Under 35, Craven Allen Gallery, Durham, NC
Remnants, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY
Inside Out: Portraiture Today, Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ
Stamer/Thaler, Art Factory Gallery, Budapest, HU
A German, an American, and a Hungarian, KERT Gallery, Szolnok, HU

Press (selected)

2016 Time Traveler, Garden & Gun, Claire Gibson, April 2016
2015 Southern Flair, Modern Painters, Scott Indrisek, January 2015
Damian Stamer and the Nuance of Memory, at Sherrick & Paul, Nashville, Burnaway, Erica Ciccarone, Feb. 12, 2015
Damian Stamer Visual Spaces, Nashville Arts Magazine, Daniel Tidwell, February 2015
2014 The Charm of the Ruins, ART Magazine (Germany), Claudia Bodin, August 2014
Damian Stamer, New American Paintings #112 / South Region
Memory and Nostalgia in two Stamer Exhibits, The Herald Sun, Blue Greenberg, May 16, 2014
2012 Damian Stamer’s Role Models: The Artist Paints Himself Into the Conversation at Freight + Volume,
Modern Painters, Michael Damiano, April 2012
Southern Comfort, Endeavors Magazine, Mark Derewicz, May 2012 Damian Stamer, Freight + Volume Magazine, Issue 4, Winter 2011/12
2011 Making Fun of Minimalism in two Chelsea Galleries, Pt. 2, Hyperallergic, January 17, 2011 
Out with the old, or, Hello 2011, Two Coats of Paint, January 2, 2011
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