Dustin Neece is a classically trained artist. After studying with Hopkinton based impressionist painter Jaime Alfonso and traveling to London to study with the renowned figurative painter Israel Zohar (The official portrait artist of Princess Diana), Dustin completed his painting “The Bowler (Self Portrait).” This piece won him nation-wide recognition in the Scholastic Art Awards in 2002. “The Bowler” received the highest honor for oil painting in the country and was hung in the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC.
Dustin went on to study the arts at Rhode Island School of Design. During this time, international art collectors in New York and Israel discovered his work, recognized his talents, and began collecting his paintings full time. These partnering art dealers purchased, for three years, every painting Dustin created. Their investment now resides in New York City.
Upon completing his university studies, Dustin was an assistant of Odd Nerdrum, who is quoted by Andrew Wyeth to be “the greatest living painter.” At Nerdrum’s homes in Norway, Iceland, and France Dustin refined his craft with a living master.
Today Dustin works as a full time professional artist. His recent public commissions were a memorial painting for Iwo Jima survivors entitled “Honoring the Spirit” which is now in the permanent collection of The National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico VA, and a commemorative painting of Rick and Dick Hoyt for their 30th running of the Boston Marathon which is now in the private collection of The Easter Seals of Massachusetts.