Biografia

Dameon Priestly
Born: 1966 Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Graduated University of Ulster 1988 - BA Hons 2:1 Fashion and Textiles -

Articles:
Dealer Deluxe
Portrait: Dameon Priestly
Autumn 2008

Artsource Newsletter - Online Magazine
Dameon Priestly:
The Messages Between the Layers
April 2008

Hackney Gazette
Extra
Thursday 14 June 2007
States of the Art

London Informer
Editorial
Friday 27 October, 2006
Blasphemy or Fair Comment

Nude Magazine
Issue 7 winter 2005

Exhibition History

Current - work on exhibition 2008
Esmond Robinson Gallery, London
Archangel Gallery, Ireland
Waterstone's Garrick Street, London

Forth coming exhibition 2008
Sulphur Skies, Oily Coins
(18 September-14 November)
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH

Previous group exhibition 2007
Florence Biennale
1-9 December 2007
Invited to exhibit at the Florence Biennale Dell'Arte Contemporanea, Italy

Previous solo exhibitions
2007:
Lady Luck
12 July - 24 November
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade (off Jermyn Street), London SW1Y 6NH

Lady Luck
13 June - 1 July
My Life in Art, 4 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ

2006:
Malice in Wonderland
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade (off Jermyn Street), London SW1Y 6NH
Missing series 2
Jeffery West, Cullum Street, London EC3M

2005:
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade (off Jermyn Street), London SW1Y 6NH
Jeffery West, County Arcade, Victoria Quarter, Leeds LS1 6BW The Art Bar, Walton Street, South Kensington, London SW3 Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade (off Jermyn Street), London SW1Y 6NH

2004:
The Art Bar, Walton Street, South Kensington, London SW3
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade (off Jermyn Street), London SW1Y 6NH
Jeffery West, Cullum Street, London EC3M
The Mint Bar, Chalk Farm

2003:
Jeffery West, Cullum Street, London EC3M
The Mint Bar, Chalk Farm, London
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade, London
The Art Bar, Walton Street, South Kensington, London

2002:
Devonshire Mews Members Lounge, London
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade, London
East London Gallery, London

2001:
Devonshire Mews Members Lounge, London
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade, London

2000:
Elm's Lester Paintings Rooms, London
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade, London
23 Romily Street, Private Members Lounge, London

1999:
East London Gallery, London
Vic Naylors Restaurant, London
Jeffery West, Piccadilly, London

Formazione artistica

Graduated University of Ulster 1988 - BA Hons 2:1 Fashion and Textiles -

Tematiche

The preoccupation and inspiration for Dameon Priestly's paintings is the story behind the picture - what is not seen.

Is there such a thing as an average man or woman? Is there ever such a thing as an average day? What goes on in the minds of the sexes and what happens behind closed doors? Dameon's paintings engage in a series of narratives which subtly weave their way through the paintings: a visual depiction of what can lie beneath the surface; at times in a seemingly innocent image.

Dameon's view of the world may be termed dark by some; his series of paintings reveal the 'strangeness' concealed behind the seemingly banal and random monotony of life’s experiences and human behaviour.

The stories they tell are those which the viewer does not necessarily want to know; and yet forces them to fill in that which is not always apparent, resulting in the uncomfortable recognition of a disturbing undertone.

Often Dameon depicts people seeking an alternative life and sees straight to the fragile hearts of his characters without ever becoming sentimental.

With rare exceptions, his stories end with disturbing circumstances; as he captures his subject's quiet desperation, with full emotional tension, anxiety and melancholy. Portrayed against everyday backdrops where the drama unfolds.

His work lends itself to those basics of old-fashioned storytelling: plot, character, and action. The culminating results within the paintings are sometimes both simultaneously beautiful and haunting; or arresting in their strength.

Dameon sources literature; both fact and fiction, movies, religion, social and political history as his inspirational pool; he lives and works in London and has sold paintings
nationally and internationally.

Bibliografia

Dameon Priestly

Born: 1966 Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Currently living and working in London.

Forth coming exhibition 2008
Sulphur Skies, Oily Coins
(18 September-14 November)
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH

Previous group exhibition 2007
Florence Biennale
1-9 December 2007
Invited to exhibit at the Florence Biennale Dell'Arte Contemporanea, Italy

Previous solo exhibitions
2007:
Lady Luck
12 July - 24 November
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade (off Jermyn Street), London SW1Y 6NH

Lady Luck
13 June - 1 July
My Life in Art, 4 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ

2006:
Malice in Wonderland
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade (off Jermyn Street), London SW1Y 6NH
Missing series 2
Jeffery West, Cullum Street, London EC3M

2005:
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade (off Jermyn Street), London SW1Y 6NH
Jeffery West, County Arcade, Victoria Quarter, Leeds LS1 6BW The Art Bar, Walton Street, South Kensington, London SW3 Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade (off Jermyn Street), London SW1Y 6NH

2004:
The Art Bar, Walton Street, South Kensington, London SW3
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade (off Jermyn Street), London SW1Y 6NH
Jeffery West, Cullum Street, London EC3M
The Mint Bar, Chalk Farm

2003:
Jeffery West, Cullum Street, London EC3M
The Mint Bar, Chalk Farm, London
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade, London
The Art Bar, Walton Street, South Kensington, London

2002:
Devonshire Mews Members Lounge, London
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade, London
East London Gallery, London

2001:
Devonshire Mews Members Lounge, London
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade, London

2000:
Elm's Lester Paintings Rooms, London
Jeffery West, Piccadilly Arcade, London
23 Romily Street, Private Members Lounge, London

1999:
East London Gallery, London
Vic Naylors Restaurant, London
Jeffery West, Piccadilly, London

Attestati / Premi

Design and Illustration (Irish Design graduate of the year).