Damian Dillon Artist Biography
Lives and works in Sydney, Australia.
With a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts, Damian Dillon has been exhibiting since 2003. He is also currently a member of staff in the photography department at the National Art School.
Damian Dillon has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, and has been a finalist in a number of significant art prizes including the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, the Murrurundi Art Prize and the Olive Cotton Photography Prize.
Damian Dillon's works are characterized by a 'destructive' attitude towards the medium of photography. Some images are abstracted by means of drawing into and onto the structure of the photograph (both digitally and analogically.) Camera and digital manipulation combine to obscure and pull apart an image - allowing the drawing or collage to reconstruct or replace detail.
The emphasis on process in the taking of the photographs not only draws attention to or away from aspects of the image but also make the viewer look deeply at how and why the image is made.
Damian Dillon has also developed a collaborative partnership with Sydney based artist James Birch. This creative partnership developed from the artists inhabiting a shared studio space and these collaborative works are expressive of their complementary aesthetic and mutual mind space. James Birch and Damian Dillon have exhibited their collaborative works extensively and won the 2009 Blacktown Arts Prize together.
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