Gamble Staempfli was born 1973 in New York City.  Today he lives with his wife and daughter in Highland Mills NY, his studio is in Beacon NY.  In 1996 Gamble earned a B.F.A. in painting from Bard College. He worked as a commercial sculptor For Howard Kalish Studios and as an assistant to artists such as Roxy Paine, Judy Fox, and Robert Lazzarini. In 2001 Gamble was the lead sculptor for Matthew Barney on the set of Cremaster 3.

In that same year he graduated cum laude from the New York Academy of Art with an MFA in Painting.  Gamble’s work has been shown in a variety of exhibitions in and around the New York area, and is represented in numerous national and international private collections.  In May of 2000, his first solo show, entitled “On Dogs” opened at F/P fine arts in Williamsburg Brooklyn.  Gamble has been interviewed by Sarah Lilley for NPR’s Studio 360 about his practice.  Much of the discussed work is included in his 2006 series of drawings, paintings and sculpture, collectively titled “The Running D.O.G.”.  In 2007, Gamble was a resident at The Center for Art and Nature in Ferarra, Spain.  More recently “Heaven of Dogs” was exhibited at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Sept-Oct 2010 where it was seen by over 100,000 people during “ArtPrize”.   Gamble continues to focus on drawings of animals and is currently developing a series of conceptually driven work on that subject.  Gamble Staempfli is represented by Molly Merson of Vagabond Gallery, NYC., and Bau Gallery, Beacon NY.

Artists Statement

I believe, that if my art is to remain vital it should not proselytize.  As a viewer I want to feel open…a sense of possibility…when I look at Art.  So I strive to create things which do that for me before I send them out into to the world.  I try to restate loosely defined universal questions in visual terms,  and to articulate those questions in the vernacular of representation.  The ambiguities and contradictions can coexist, feel right, if my compositions provide for their reconciliation.  Each effort, in its own way endeavors to engender similar philosophical questions in the viewer, as well as keep my own sense of wonderment alive.