Deb Putnam

Deb Putnam

Boston, MA, United States

About Deb Putnam

As a plein air artist living in South Boston, I find a limitless source for my paintings. Sunny days you will find me painting on neighborhood street corners or in downtown Boston. When painting outdoors is not possible, I work in my South Boston studio on larger scale paintings, portraits and other figurative works.
What interests me most about plein air city painting is how sunlight breaks up form when it falls on an object. I see the city as an urban canyon where shadows caused by the surrounding buildings create an unexpected pattern of dark and light. There is something extraordinary about working outdoors in the city, hunting a site, being immersed in the noise and action as well as interacting with the community.
With my choice of subject matter such as old buildings and nightscapes I hope to pay homage to a disappearing landscape. It is a common occurrence for my chosen subject matter to be a victim of urban renewal after I paint them.
In my portrait, figurative painting and old photograph inspired work I hope to celebrate both an intimate and universal moment in time for the viewer. The shared experience of family and mealtime makes a frequent appearance in these works.
My oil paintings can be found in local art exhibitions and on-line at and
I hold a BFA in painting from Mass College of Art, am a member of the South Boston Arts Association, Quincy Arts Association, and Fort Point Artist Association.


BFA Painting Massachusetts College of Art


Open Studios 2020 Fort Point Arts Oct 16-18


Current and Past Exhibitions (last 10 years)
2020 Focus on Figure Juried Show North River Arts
2020 Body of Work Figure Show, Crane Library, Quincy
2020,2019, 2018 MassArt Juried Art Auction
2019 BCEC South Boston Show
2019, 2018, 2017 Massasoit Juried Art Festival
2019 Quincy Arts Affair
2017 QAA Nude Figure Show, Crane Library, Quncy MA
2017 BNN Studio, Boston MA Portrait - and the story behind it!" l
2017 MassArt Annual Auction
2016 BNN Studio, Boston Ma
2016 Faye Chandler Exhibit, Boston City Hall
2016 Patriot Place Gallery, Foxboro Ma
2016 Arts Around the Corner Gallery, Boston Ma
2016 South Boston Open Studios
2015,2014,2013,2012,2011 Massasoit Art Festival, Canton Campus
2015 Quincy Art Festival, Quincy MA
2015, 2014 Artists Crossing Gallery, Boston MA
2015, 2014 Boston Convention and Event Center, Boston Ma
2014 Front Street Gallery, Scituate, MA
2014 Boston City Hall, SBAA Group Show
2014,2013, 2012 MassArt Annual Benefit Art Auction
2013 Akillian Gallery, Massasoit Community College, Canton, MA
2013 The Gallery at Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA
2012 Carscapes, Walter Greer Gallery, Hilton Head, SC
2012 Spoke Gallery, Boston, MA
2012 Scituate Art Assoc. Juried Show
2013,2012, 2011,2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005 South Boston Public Library
2011 Boston, City Hall Boston MA SBAA Group Show
2011 SBAA Members Show Proof Gallery 516 East Second Street, South Boston
2011,2010,2009,2008,2007,2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 Arts Affair at Marina Bay Quincy, MA
2010 MassArt 21st Annual Benefit Art Auction
2010,2009 South Boston Open Studios, The Distillery, South Boston
2009 Biennial Exhibition, Regional Juried Show, New Hampshire Institute of Art,
2009 Northeast Prize show, Cambridge Ma
2009 Art Market, Downtown Crossing Juried Art Competition, Boston Ma
2009 The Winter Juried Show, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Ma
2008 - 2009 Logan International Airport, Boston, Ma

2019 1st place Arts Affair, Marina Bay, He Greets the Day
2019 2nd place Massasoit Arts Fest Canton MA, The Muses
2018 Best in Show Quincy Arts Fest Waiting at Castle Island
2018 2nd Place Massasoit Arts Fest Canton MA, Out of the Blue
2017 Best in Show Massasoit Arts Fest Canton MA, More than Buildings
2016 1st place Quincy Arts Fest "Rainy Day"
2015 Best in Show, Massasoit Arts Fest, Canton, Ma Company
2015 Best in Show, Quincy Arts Festival, Quincy Ma Matter of Time - 2nd prize-Mass Ave Beauty
2014 First Prize, Massasoit Arts Fest, Canton, Ma AP
2013 First Prize, Quincy Art's Fest, Quincy Ma, Eve
2013 First Prize, Massasoit Art's Fest, Canton Ma Path to Forgiveness
2012 First Prize, Quincy Art's Fest, Quincy Ma, Chinatown View
2012 Second Prize and Honorable Mention, Massasoit Arts Festival, Canton, Ma "The Gathering" and “Self Portrait (When can I go out to paint?)"
2012 Best in Show, SAA Juried Exhibition, Front Street Gallery, painting "In the Land of Giants"
2011 Best in Show, Massasoit Art Festival, Canton, Ma, painting "Alida's Vision"
2010 First Prize, Quincy Arts Festival, Quincy Ma, painting "Cale"
2010 Third Prize, Arts Affair, Marina Bay, Quincy, Ma, painting "The Few, The Proud”
2010 First Prize, Massasoit Art Festival, Canton, Ma, painting "Fred"
2009 First Prize Painting, Quincy Arts Festival, Quincy, Ma, painting "Muls"
2009 Third Prize Painting, Arts Affair, Marina Bay, Quincy, Ma painting "Gate C"
2009 City's Choice Award, Downtown Crossing Juried Art Competition, Boston, Ma painting "Mul's"
2009 Third Prize, The Winter Juried Show, Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, Ma painting "Fred"

Woman in Art 278
BFA Painting, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Ma
South Boston Arts Association
Quincy Art Association
Fort Point Artist Association