Damian Showyin

"I would love to travel and meet new people and talk to them about my artwork and I will teach them about my weaving. That will make me feel happy."

Damian Showyin’s paintings are like abstracted windows, where oblong shapes of deep, layered colours seem to hold whispered secrets.

On acquiring a Damian Showyin original for his personal collection, Justin Paton, Head Curator of International Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, took to Instagram to air his praise: 

“Damian Showyin is a wonderful builder, in colour, constructing his intensely satisfying paintings from softly brushed blocks, stacks and windows...And they also hint at something bigger, about how things in any setting – a city, landscape or community — must accommodate each other to get along".

In paint and textiles, Damian has developed a personal language; one of patterns and braided shapes. He delights in the teeming and tight harmony of the buildings, fences and gardens he is surrounded by. Perhaps this is why his art resonates so well when installed in public, in places of ‘getting along’. 

Damian was a key artist on Bird Life Jungle Disco, a 175 square metre mural commissioned by the University of Technology Sydney, and he has exhibited at the New England Regional Art Museum, the Australian Design Centre, Tamworth Regional Gallery and Underbelly Arts Festival. In 2023, he was a finalist in the Gulgong Art Prize, and in 2022, he was awarded the Digital Fabrics Award at the Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards with a work that integrated both his painting and weaving practices. 

In 2024, Damian will have a joint solo show at Mosman Art Gallery with fellow Studio A artist Catherine McGuiness and guest artist Shan Turner-Carroll and will collaborate on a new work for Cementa Festival. 

- Portrait by Scott Heldorf

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