18 August 2015
Brisbane Fringe Festival (BFF) is now underway for another year! The showcase went well at Ugees, and it was really good to explore a new channel for exhibiting my work. A few days ago I bumped out of Ugees and put up my work in Delfina’s at the Emporium in the Fortitude Valley Brisbane as part of the Brisbane Fringe Festival. I have over a dozen works on display there from 15-30 August and we are having a meet the artist afternoon on the 22 August from 4-6pm. Everyone is welcome! If you are hoping to stay on for dinner afterwards make sure you book in advance.
31 July 2015
Select pieces from ‘Catching my shadow’ will be on display at Ugees Espresso from 1/8/15 – 15/8/15 80 Boundary street, West End Brisbane.
Showcase ‘Catching my shadow’ will be on display at Delfina’s Bistro in the Emporium as part of the Brisbane Fringe Festival 15/8/15 – 30/8/15. Join the artist on 22/8/15 from 4-6pm for celebration at sunset to view the works, enjoy a cocktail and book a table to stay on for dinner. The Emporium 50/1000 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley Brisbane.
27 July 2015
The opening weekend for ‘Catching my shadow’ has been nothing short of amazing! I was on the ABC radio Saturday morning, and got fantastic write ups in the Brisbane Times, Sun Herald and The Age. Here is a snippet from one of the write ups.
Brisbane artist goes back to basics with finger painting
As kids we have all dabbled in a bit of finger painting but for one Brisbane artist it has become a kind of mental therapy.
Damian Smith, a Brisbane artist who has been creating artistic works for more than a decade, wanted to get back to basics and decided finger painting was about as basic as you could get.
“Last year I did a lot of pencil drawing that focused on realism, and I wanted a break from that and wanted to get into painting,” said Smith, 32, who “thought it would be interesting to paint without brushes”.
He says painting with your fingers hits on a few different levels, channelling emotions while creating a tactual sensation as well.
“Finger painting creates a spiritual connection when you are creating the work.
“I am working on concepts that are channelling emotions pretty strongly and then you have the nostalgia of reliving your childhood and the feeling of paint on your fingers.”
Finger painting for Smith takes on a form of meditation, helping him disconnect from his 9-5 job as a business and project management teacher.
“Painting allows me to focus on something that is so disconnected to everything else in my life.
“It’s like meditation, it cuts out all the noise and allows me to be in the moment.”
It is this spiritual connection that has prompted Smith to live finger-paint a Marilyn Monroe inspired piece during his latest exhibition, Catching my Shadow.
The exhibition will feature an open conversation between Smith and the audience while he paints, which he hopes will create a discussion on mental health issues, a theme that seems to have resonated from his earlier works.
Of the 20 works on display, some will be donated to raise funds for mental health pioneer beyondblue.
“A lot of the emotions that I have captured in my work seem to be very melancholy, so I thought the theme would tie in well with the beyondblue charity,” Smith said.
Thanks Amy Mitchell-Whittington for the great write up!!
14 July 2015
Catching my shadow
It’s all starting to come together now! and it’s getting pretty close. Good news is we have booked Keshia Robinson to play some live music for us all!! Have also organised a couple of drinks and nibbles for you all! Annnnnnnd I’ve finished all the paintings!! There will be a silent auction piece donated to raise funds for BeyondBlue (This piece will be revealed next week and open to bidding) and a percentage of every sale will also go toward the donation pool. Vote on the people’s choice for your chance to win the live painting created on the Sunday live art and artist talk session.
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13 June 2015
Guess what?! I have locked in a venue for my next art show case. So here’s some details for you so far.
What – My latest painting showcase titled ‘Catching my Shadow’ explores the subject outwardly expressing emotion, and from a technique side of things I have been creating the works painting with my fingers instead of using brushes as a means to feel more emotionally connected to the art work and loosen up my control over detail.
When – 25 July 4-8pm is the celebration night – view the works, enjoy some food, drink and music
26 July 1-3pm is the artist talk – me doing some live painting while answering your questions
Open during business hours for viewing 24 – 29 July
Where – Gem’Appelle Design 10 Bailey St. West End Brisbane
Here’s a sneak peak at how some of the works are coming together