Daniel Mark Duffy (b. 1961) is an Irish American artist specializing in portraiture and the human figure. 

Duffy studied classical painting and drawing techniques with Carroll Jones and received scholarships from Pratt Institute and received a BFA in art history and painting from Carnegie Mellon University.  Upon graduation his drawing skills earned him a position in the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. A decade of freelance commercial projects for advertising and publishing companies that included over 100 award-winning young adult and children's books. 

His reputation and expertise garnered commissions to paint the official portraits of many distinguished citizens including the leaders of American Universities, Colleges and Corporations, public servants in US Federal Government and the State and Federal Judiciary.

2005-2012 Adjunct Professor/Lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts, Paier College of Art, Hamden, Connecticut   

2012 Lundbeck Fellowship in the Humanities and Artist-in-Residence, University of Limerick, School of Medicine, Limerick, Ireland.

Duffy's work has been included in group exhibitions in New York, Washington, DC, Miami, Berlin, Florence, Dublin, Belfast and London and has been featured in the collections of United States, National Portrait Gallery and The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin.

Portrait studio locations in Weston, CT and New York City.


TESTIMONIALS

"I am deeply impressed with Dan's artistry – with his ability to produce marvelous likenesses and to depict expressions and postures and imaginative settings that capture the spirit and character of his subjects. He brings to his work a powerful combination of aesthetic skill and high intelligence, coupled with an eagerness to develop a keen understanding of those he is painting."
JOHN G. SIMON, Augustus E. Lines Professor Emeritus of Law, Yale Law School

 

"I doubt you have ever thought of yourself as [a] historian or a cultural anthropologist, but you are, in addition to being one of the finest artists I have ever encountered… The Yale Law School, with you as our guide and interpreter, is acting to capture and preserve the essence of its legacy for the mid to late 20th century. Because of your great talent for rendering those who embody our best institutional values, there is now a greater hope that our noblest traditions will be known and understood by future generations.
CARROLL D. STEVENS, Yale Law School Dean


EDUCATION

  • Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, Foundation, Painting 1979-1981
  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, Painting/Art History BFA 1987
  • School of Visual Arts, New York, NY Printmaking, 1993

EXPERIENCE

  • Lundbeck Fellowship in the Humanities and Artist Residency, University of Limerick, School of Medicine, Limerick, Ireland, 2011/12
  • Adjunct Professor/Lecturer in Fine Arts, Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT 2005 - 2012.

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC, The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, October, 2009 - September, 2010
  • The Tramyard Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, NUDE, drawings, October 2009
  • Farmleigh House, Dublin, Ireland, Contemporary Portraits, March  2010
  • Naughton Gallery, Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland, Davy Portrait Award, November  2009
  • Royal Hibernian Academy of Art, Dublin, Annual Exhibition, May 2012, 2010, 2008
  • Silvermine Gallery, New Canaan, CT, Art of the Northeast, November 2007, 2010
  • Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, Centennial Exhibition 2009

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

  • Castle Leslie Estate, Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, Ireland
  • HSE, Health Service Executive of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
  • Nabisco Inc., Hanover, NJ
  • New York University Law School, New York, NY
  • Stern School of Business, New York, NY
  • US Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD, Washington, DC
  • US Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, New York, NY
  • University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • University of Limerick, Co. Limerick, Ireland
  • Wharton School of Business, Philadelphia, PA
  • Yale Law School, New Haven, CT

MEMBER OF SAM (SYSTEM FOR AWARD MANAGEMENT)

 
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The Commission Process

1. Initial Consultation

Daniel Mark Duffy and the portrait subject/ client meet to consider preferences, time frame and budget for each portrait painting or drawing. 

2. First Sitting

Daniel welcomes clients to his beautiful Weston, Connecticut studio or schedule a photography session in New York City or your home or office.  The details of the project, including scale, tone, composition, attire and venue will be discussed prior to the sitting.  It is requested that the subject pose for a certain length of time for sketches, color studies and a photography session.

3. Portrait Development

Daniel Mark Duffy insists on at least five 3 hour live sittings or a single 2-3 hour sitting that includes a photography session to complete a single portrait painting.  A minimum of 2 but ideally 6 months are needed to frame and deliver a major portrait in oil on canvas. 

4. Final Sitting

Once the portrait painting is fully realized, DMD may request a final sitting to address requested changes or make color adjustments.

5. FRAMING and Delivery

Your completed portrait may be either shipped or personally delivered. DMD will provide valuable assistance with framing, presentation and installation of your portrait painting.

LIST OF PORTRAIT SUBJECTS:

Thomas Robertson, Dean, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Michael Gould, CEO, Bloomingdales Corporation, NYC
Mr and Mrs Joseph Verner Reed, Greenwich, CT
Jay and Patty Baker, Trustees, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Mary E. Banotti, Member of the European Parliament for Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Boris Bittker, Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
The Honorable Jose’ A. Cabranes, Judge, United States Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, New York, NY
William J. Casey, Director of Central Intelligence, Washington, DC, Biography, Penquin Publishers
Frederick D. S. Choi, Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Service Professor of Business, Stern School of Business, New York University, New York, NY
The Honorable Henry Cisneros, Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC
George M. Coates, MD, Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
The Honorable Andrew Cuomo, Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC
David D’Addario, CEO, Wise Metals, Baltimore, MD
George Fetterolf, MD, Chairman of  Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Brenda Fricker, Actress, Dublin, Ireland
Lisa Goldberg, Revson Foundation, New York, NY
Patrick T. Harker, President, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
The Honorable Alphonso Jackson, Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC
The Honorable Jack Kemp, Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC
Martin and Helen Kimmel, Kimmel Center for Student Life, New York University, New York, NY
The Honorable, Mark E. Kravitz, Judge, US District Court, New Haven, CT
John Leslie, 4th Baronet, Castle Leslie Estate, Glaslough, Co. Monaghan, Ireland
The Honorable Melvin Martinez, Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC
Nell McCafferty, Journalist, Civil Rights Activist, Dublin, Ireland
The Honorable Sherman Minton, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, DC
John O’Connor, Trustee, University of Limerick Medical School, Limerick, Ireland
Christopher Quackenbush,  Trustee, 9/11 Memorial Portrait, New York University Law School, New York, NY
Charles A. Reich, Author/Professor, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
Richard L. Revesz, Dean, New York University Law School, New York, NY
Harry P. Schenck, Professor and Chairman of Otolarnygology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
John Sexton, President, New York University, New York, NY
John G. Simon, Augustus E. Lines Professor Emeritus of Law, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
Carroll D. Stevens, Senior Fellow in Law, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
James A Thomas, Senior Fellow and Decanal Adviser, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
Richard P. Widdicombe, Director SC Williams Library, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ