DAMIEN SHEN email@example.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