Damien Slevin is a painter, illustrator/designer and film maker working in Australia. He was born in Toronto, Canada and now resides in Newcastle, Australia with his wife, son and big ass cat.
Drawing since he was a toddler, Damien fostered his skills by drawing all the time with his brothers.
Upon relocating to Australia in 1991 Damien attended the University of Sydney where he achieved a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in History. Damien also attained a Bachelor of Design and a Diploma of Education from the University of Newcastle.
Damien works as a secondary school teacher to support his income while pursuing his creative ventures. He has taught Flash animation and Adobe Suite digital media software, for both Metro Screen and WEA Hunter. Damien currently teaches life drawing at WEA Hunter.
Damien has won numerous awards, many for film and several for painting. His paintings have been in a number of group shows and solo exhibitions.
If you have any enquires or have interest in commissions please contact Damien at:
'Design Visions' Ken Done Galleries, The Rocks, Sydney, November 2001
'1,2,3,4' Graduate Design Exhibition - Newcastle Regional Museum, November 2001
'Small:Cornicopia' Back to Back Galleries, Newcaslte, Apr 15 - May 1, 2011
The Secret Life of Animals, 2nd Birthday Show, Nanshe Gallery, Hamilton, May 7-May 31, 2014
'Wrap Up', Nanshe Gallery, Hamilton, Nov 28-Dec 25, 2014
'Drawing Fine', Gallery 139, Hamilton, April 1- 18, 2015
'Past and Present' Newcastle Art Space, 20 August 6 September 2015
Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize (NEAP), Newcastle Art Space, Sept 12 - 27 2015
G1 & G2 OPEN show and fundraiser Newcastle Art Space, Nov 12 - Nov 29 2015
'Double Wrap Up', Nanshe Gallery, Hamilton, Dec 9th - 24th, 2015
'Dogs in Art', Gallery 139, Hamilton, January 13- 30, 2016
'The Subject',Gallery 139, Hamilton, Jun 29, 2016 July 16, 2016
Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize (NEAP), Newcastle Art Space, Aug 20 - Sept 4 2016
Paddington Art Prize, Paddington, Sydney, Oct 20-31 2016
THE REAL REFUSES, TAPP Gallery, Sydney, May 22 - June 3rd, 2018
'Newcastle: Evening Shades' (with Greg Slevin) Newcastle Art Space, Aug 6th-23rd, 2009
'Watering Holes' Newcastle Art Space, Feb 13th - Mar 2nd, 2014
'Vitae Newy' Nanshe Gallery, Hamilton, Sept 17th- Oct 18th (with Amanda Davies)
'Windows' Newcastle Art Space, July 30th -August 16th 2015
'International Contemporary Artists' Vol. 6, ICA Publishing, New York, 2013
'Featured Artists' Vol. IV, Mediaplan Publishing, Athens, 2013
"Greg and Damien Slevin are showing smaller nocturnal views of familiar Newcastle landmarks. Their names may be unfamiliar but they are accomplished painters of complex scenes",'Prominent Figures' - Review by JILL STOWELL, 'The Newcastle Herald,' Saturday August 15 2009
"Animator Makes the Cut" - Newcastle Herald , Saturday June 7th 2003
'Gritty City Impressions', Article by ROSEMARIE MILSOM, 'Weekender Feature', 'Newcastle Herald', Saturday February 15th 2014.
"Also at NAS, Damien Slevin exhibits evocative, mostly nocturnal paintings of Newcastle's popular eating and drinking spots. Watering Holes are bound to appeal through their familiarity, but they are also striking little paintings (25 centimetres square) with character; atmosphere and a hint of whimsy. Haunts such as Goldbergs, roller door and El Nonno, along with at least one humble fish and chip shop, receive loving attention to detail. And
it's elegantly hung. " UNA REY, 'The Weekender, Newcastle Herald', Saturday, February 22, 2014
A brilliant exhibition titled "Watering Holes" By Damien Slevin sees many recognised haunts in Newcastle come to life on the canvas. The small square paintings beckon with the artist's admirable skill in the handling of the medium as well as image composition.Visually stimulating, these tiny glimpses into public places allow scrutiny that would otherwise be perceived only as a quick glance or impression by the onlooker.This is an exhibition worthy of venturing into the wet weather. It warms with colour and familiarity.
KERRI SMITH, Artist/Writer 'Newcastle's Casual Reviewer of Art'
FINALIST - Paddington Art Prize, 2016
HONORARY DIPLOMA Berliner Art Prize 2016
FINALIST - PAINTING: Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize 2016
WINNER 'IRISH FEVER' for 'Best Screenplay 2016' Just 4 Shorts- Short Film and Screenplay Competition, Los Angeles, USA, April 2016
NOMINEE 'IRISH FEVER' for 'Best Script' Hang on to Your Shorts Film Festival, New Jersey, USA, April 2016
WINNER 'INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD' A Night of Horror International Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, 2015
HIGHLY COMMENDED - PAINTING: Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize 2015
WINNER 2013 Outstanding Tutor in Creative Arts, Wea Hunter, Hunter Education Awards
WINNER Best Film Screen Scream 2012, Newcastle, Australia, November 5, 2012
WINNER '2nd Runner-Up, Feature Screenplay', A Night of Horror International Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, 2012
NOMINEE - Best Foreign Independent Short 5-12, Kids First Film Festival, San Francisco, USA, Sept-Dec 2011-12
WINNER 3rd Place for Best Short - Rocky Mountain Horror Film Festival, Calgary, Alberta Canada, Oct 25th, 2010
NOMINEE Best Australian Short Fantastic Planet: Sydney International Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, Oct 29-Nov 6, 2010
NOMINEE Best Animated Short, BFest-Syracuse Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival, Nov 6-8, Syracuse, NY, USA, 2010
NOMINEE Best Animated Short Fantastic Planet: Sydney International Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, Oct 29-Nov 6, 2010
FINALIST Best Animated Science Fiction Dragon*Con Independent Short Film Festival, Atlanta GA, USA Sept, 2010
WINNER Honourable Mention for Horror - 4th Cinefantasy, Sγo Paulo, 2009
WINNER *Best Animation: Audience Award* HORROR UK: 28 Hours Later Horror Filim Festival, Fareham, UK. 2009
WINNER *BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT* A Night of Horror International Film Festival, 2009, Sydney
WINNER *3rd Prize* Wollombi Valley Short Film Festival, 2009, Wollombi, Australia
WINNER *BEST HORROR SHORT* Atlanta Underground Film Festival, August 20 - 24, 2008, Atlanta, GA
Highly Commended - 2003 Maitland Art Prize (Miniature Painting)
Highly Commended - 2004 Maitland Art Prize (Miniature Painting)
Highly Commended - 2007 Maitland Art Prize (Miniature Painting)
Finalist - 2003 Dendy Awards (Yoram Gross Animation Award)
Finalist - 2003 ATOM Awards (Best Tertiary Animation)
Best Animated Short - 2003 Festival of Fantastic Films
5th Prize - 2003 Byron Bay Short Film Festival
Chuck Jones Best Animated Short Award - Westcliffe Digital Film Festival, Colorado, USA
3rd Place Punter's Prize August 2005 - Fitzroy Shorts
2nd Prize - 2005 Wollombi Short Film Festival
Best Editing - 2005 Shorts Around Sydney