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Damien Shen - Solo Exhibition

Exhibition opens - February the 7th 2016 at 2:00pm - Closing 3rd April 2016

DAMIEN SHEN   damienshen@icloud.com   Mobile: 0405 200 781

Damien Shen is a proud South Australian Aboriginal and Chinese man of Ngarrindjeri descent and draws both of these powerful formative influences into his practice as an artist. Damien’s current work is informed by a classical approach to portrait drawing with rigor, intensity and liveliness. His work is dedicated to deeply honouring his subjects. It was recently showcased nationally on the SBS and NITV networks via the successful exhibition Drawing on the Hero’s who Shape Us at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Damien’s drawing technique uses a pastel base that is then worked up and worked back with erasers and black and white charcoals, to create a dynamic, shifting tension between black and white, shadow and light. It is out of this interplay that the form of the picture starts to emerge and lines coalesce to form not just an image but a narrative – a reflection of an identity that, like the drawing, is only arrived at through a long process of creation, erasure, and struggle. Ed. Anne Gonaus

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Some of Damien Shen’s drawings
 Pastel and charcoal on paper.

Damien Shen - Self Portrait

Damien Shen working on his charcoal and pastel portrait of Travis Boak

Adelaide artist Damien Shen working on his charcoal and pastel portrait of Travis Boak

Damien Shen's portraits take an average of 20 hours to complete (Karen Ashford) SBS

Damien Shen's portraits take an average of 20 hours to complete (Karen Ashford) SBS sm
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