American Tonalist Society: Shades of Gray II, My Bio

by | Jan 26, 2023

American Tonalist Society poster, Daniel Ambrose

The American Tonalist Society is having our 2nd Biennial show at the Salmagundi Club in New York City this April. Each artist has a profile page in the exhibition catalog.

It’s weird writing in the third person and how do you summarize a lifelong career? I don’t know, but the following text is what I got. Some of it are bits of what others wrote about my art.

Born in Florida, Daniel Ambrose began life in an idyllic seaside town on the Atlantic coast in the 1960s. He was an imaginative child, reading adventure stories and exploring windswept dunes and winding estuaries. Raised Catholic, in lieu of the Latin Mass, Ambrose found the creative presence of the Divine in tidal waters and wild lands.

In nature, Ambrose discovered infinite patterns of ineffable wonder and beauty. Lacking words to convey transcendent feelings, he soon brought a sketchbook and paintbox outdoors along with his dog, T.J. Drawing birds and painting light and mood, became a lifelong passion to celebrate his spirituality in his art. On sun-washed shores, he found his life’s calling.

Ambrose’s paintings are notable for their extraordinary luminosity and serenity. A master of the rare 15th-century Renaissance technique of egg-tempera painting, the artist is equally proficient in oil and drybrush watercolor. Daniel’s soulful paintings emanate an understated, ethereal beauty seldom found in contemporary art.

Throughout his career, the artist has garnered awards and participated in many successful solo gallery shows and museum exhibitions. Ambrose’s paintings reside in important private and public collections, including Advent Health, Bank of America, BPA Canada, City of Orlando, and the Museum of Arts and Sciences Permanent Collection. Media that has featured his art includes American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, FOX 13 Morning News, Outdoor Painter, Charleston Style and Design, Art Impressions Magazine Canada and various press articles and books.

Ambrose is a Co-Founder of the American Tonalist Society and a Signature Member of The American Society of Marine Artists. He paints in his studio near the sea accompanied by his cat Remey, and he summers in Maine with artist friends.

Ambrose is represented by Hughes Gallery (Boca Grande, FL), Lily Pad Gallery (Watch Hill, RI), Cheryl Newby Gallery (Pawleys Island, SC), Palm Avenue Fine Art (Sarasota, FL), and Crossnore Fine Arts Gallery (Crossnore, NC).

Heartlight, egg tempera, 24 x 20 in.

T.J. 1976-1988

1 Comment

  1. Joseph Owens

    Dan knows that I consider him to be one of the True Masters of his Craft in this Country!

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