Damian was born in 1980 in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. He grew up with a penchant for drawing and nature, playing and exploring on the fields and farms around the home. From an early age he was indefatigably drawing, especially birds.
As a child, he spent weekends as the only student in the studio of a water colour artist who noticed his young skill at capturing fine detail. He began oil painting at the age of 20.
Damian's artworks often portray hidden metaphors. His landscapes are mostly done 'en plein air'. setting up his home-made foldable easel in the vineyards or fields, or painting with a board propped up against the steering wheel of his car. Nudes and figures are mostly done from life.
Damian also fills many notebooks with doodles and quick pen sketches, trying to capture people, animals or places as quickly as possible.
Taking many of the influences from the past and present masters, Damian tries to paint 'that which ignites the heart and the eyes' being true to his own wants as an artist. He paints because he wants to be authentic; seeking originality and trying to find the balance between mystery and accessibility.
I am a contemporary South African fine artist who depicts the figure contemplating and reflecting nature. The space within the subject is as vast as the surroundings.
Art will always have value. It unites us. Through art I believe in enriching the hearts and minds of others, and providing new perspectives or feelings about our individuality, our bodies and connection to nature. I believe in creating extremely high quality artwork that will last for generations. I believe in providing information and excellent and approachable service to collectors. I believe in daily practice and hard work to improve the quality and vision of my art. I believe in long-term sustainable relationships that add value.