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 About Damien

Damien Veal graduated from the ANU School of Art (Canberra, ACT) Printmaking Department in 1998 with first class honours. Since then he has shown his work in various exhibitions, including:


1998 - Hatched: The National Graduate Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, WA 

1999 - Motel, Canberra City Motor Inn, ACT 

2001 - Special, Studio One Gallery, Kingston, ACT

2002 - Sex and the Settee, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, ACT.

2013 - The Wonder Years (solo show), M16 Artspace, ACT

2013 - Finalist, M16 Artspace Drawing Prize, M16 Artspace, ACT

2014 - Our Garden Suburb, M16 Artspace, ACT

2014 - Finalist, M16 Artspace Drawing Prize, M16 Artspace, ACT

2015 - Finalist, M16 Artspace Drawing Prize, M16 Artspace, ACT

2016 - Life in Death, M16 Artspace, ACT

2016 - Traces, Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT

2016 – Finalist, M16 Artspace Drawing Prize, M16 Artspace, ACT

2018 - InTransit, Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT

2018 - Pin8, ANCA Gallery, ACT

2018 - Shirty Science Season 3, ACT

2018 - The New World (solo show), QT Hotel, Canberra

2019 - Finalist, The Lethbridge Small Scale Art Award, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2019 - Finalist, Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art, Montsalvat, Eltham, VIC

2020 - Artastique, Maitland, NSW

2020 - Art in Iso, The Stockroom Gallery, Clifton Hill, VIC

2020 - Flora, Connectionsartspace, Virtual Exhibition

2020 - Unofficial Collaborations, The Stockroom, Ringwood, VIC

2022 - One Man's Trash (solo show), Brunswick Street Gallery, Fitzroy, VIC

2023 - Afterplay (solo show), RED Gallery, Fitzroy North, VIC

In 2003 Damien was commissioned by ArtsACT to create a permanent glass installation for a government building in central Canberra. More recently he has been working on smaller-scale commissions for both corporate and private use.

In 2013 Damien was commissioned by Defence Housing Australia (DHA) to create a series of architectural drawings for corporate use and in 2014 he completed more images for use in their 2013-2014 Annual Report. In 2017 Damien worked collaboratively with DHA to create a children’s colouring book Rex D. Dog’s Hide-and-Seek Adventure.

In 2014 Damien worked collaboratively with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research and University of Canberra to illustrate two educational children's books for the Papua New Guinea market: Maria's Family Goes To Market and Maria's Family Saves Their Kina. The books were published late in the year and officially launched by then Deputy Prime Minister Julie Bishop in December 2014. Since then he has illustrated two more books, Maria’s Family Raises Chickens (2016) and Maria’s Family Team (2018) and worked on education packs and posters for use in schools in Papua New Guinea and other pacific nations.

In 2018 Damien collaborated with a scientist to create a t-shirt design for Shirty Science Season 3. The graphic, which focused on important Parkinson's Disease research, was voted the public choice winner for the season.

Though trained in Printmaking, Damien has worked extensively across a range of mediums: drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture.

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