David Brega

David Brega

David Brega is recognized today as one of the country’s foremost contemporary painters of still life. The hallmarks of his style are a taste for spare compositions that are structured from a simple yet powerful design sense, combined with visual richness of surface detail. 

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At the same time he chooses subject matter – old painted woods, antique toys, letters, and pictures from the 19th century – that conjures memories and nostalgia for days gone by. Brega has carved out a specialty in trompe l’oeil painting with his superb technique, exacting sense of design, and a delight in playing tricks upon his viewers.

Brega was born with twin brother Douglas on Christmas Day in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He and Douglas attended the Paier School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut where he met his most influential teacher and mentor, Ken Davies. Brega had his first solo exhibition in 1986 at the Alexander Gallery. He has since had major exhibitions at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts; Springfield, MA, The Duxbury Art Complex in Duxbury, MA, and has work in major museums and collections all over the country.

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