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 consuming, labor intensive drawings to bleeding water colors and velvety smooth oil paintings, Shen is constantly constructing and deconstructing the world around him through his imagery to better understand his identity and the identity of those that help to shape the world he lives.
His technical abilities in illustration are outstanding; while he constantly pushes his practice into 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.