Damien Shen (AU)
Image: Damien Shen, Dorsal aspect of a male from the series On the fabric of the Ngarrindjeri body – volume II, 2014. Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection. Courtesy the artist and MARS Gallery, Melbourne.
Born 1976, Adelaide, Australia
Lives and works Adelaide, Australia
Damien Shen is a South Australian man of Ngarrindjeri and Chinese bloodlines. His artistic practice is embedded in histories, revisiting the people, places and stories that shape the world he occupies. From time consumer, labour intensive drawings to bleeding water colours and velvety smooth oil paintings, Shen is constantly constructing and deconstructing the world around him through his imagery to better understand his identity of those that help to shape the world he lives. While constantly exploring different mediums, his content remains relevant to contemporary Australian issues around race, history and politics. Constantly pushing his practice while engaging with and responding to the people, places and stories that effect his ideas around identity, Shen has started his career with a vigorous and contagious energy.