The Art of Daniel AmbroseHaunting Beautiful Paintings
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Leaving the Island – Oil – Hughes Gallery
The extraordinary, luminous paintings of Daniel Ambrose reside in fine art collections worldwide. Ambrose is a master of painting in the historic medium of egg tempera, perfected in the High Renaissance centuries ago. To create his timeless egg tempera paintings, Ambrose makes his own paint from a 15th century Italian recipe, using egg yolks and natural earth pigments.
Recently Acquired Paintings
Our Secret Cove – Egg tempera -Lily Pad Gallery – SOLD
Two of a Kind – Egg tempera – Cheryl Newby Gallery – SOLD
From the Journal
Inspiring stories behind the paintings, life as an artist…
I was sitting on the steps in the April sun, following the breeze through a field of yellow, pink and white wildflowers. Or was I dreaming of a faraway sea? Wherever I am, softly, you whisper. Inspiration is divine. A gift to cherish and not squander. It...
During this pandemic, I’ve been riffling through my 30 year collection of sketchbooks for bird inspiration and found stories and spoonbills. This Roseate Spoonbill egg tempera painting is a pair I observed and sketched in a quiet southern estuary decades ago....
In January 2020, my solo show opened at Hughes Gallery and I was swinging my brush for a summer show at Cheryl Newby Gallery, that included these 2 egg tempera paintings, I’m With Him, and I’m With Her. Then the world upended. Among the artist tribe, daily...
The Art of Egg Tempera Painting
Exhibition • Enrichment • Enlightenment
I taught myself the technique of painting in egg tempera about 30 years ago from a recipe written in the 15th century by the Italian artist Cennino Cennini. While rummaging around an antiquated bookstore, I discovered a 1933 edition of The Craftsman’s Handbook.
The humble egg has proven itself to be an enduring painting medium throughout art history. Egg was used as a paint binder by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks thousands of years ago. During the European Renaissance, the art of egg tempera painting flourished before gradually declining as oil found it’s way into painters studios.
The earliest recorded history of using egg to make paint is beleived to be in the creation of the Fayum mummy portraits in 80 A.D.