Damon Priestly - Hoard-Gallery-Sandgate

Dameon Priestly

Dameon’s works are often considered as well-crafted, realistic examinations of the modern condition within a historical context. The work subtly engages viewers to contemplate the continuity between past and present, embedded in the human narratives he weaves through his art. The melancholic and often underlying tragic images in Dameon’s work, are not faded photographs of times past in an album, but are still vivid connections to times which seem familiar and recent, because of the relevance of things unchanged.

Each collection tells a story from a period in time and reflects upon its relativity today. As Walter Benjamin writes ‘storytelling is always the art of repeating stories’. Dameon chooses moments in history and creates a thread that ties his works together, retelling captivating stories that trace a path through time.

His interest and focus is in the timeless truths about human nature; those things which lie within its relationship to the reality of these people’s lives. Dameon’s paintings are a visual depiction of what can lie beneath the surface; at times in a seemingly innocent image. Dameon captures his subject’s lives with full emotional tension, portrayed against everyday back-drops where the drama unfolds.

A Selection Of Work Available At The HOARD Gallery

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