Damien Linnane is the author of the thriller novel Scarred, which was written by hand while he was incarcerated for crimes the sentencing magistrate described as “vigilante action”.


He is currently in the post-production stage of publishing a memoir.

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Damien Linnane

Activist - Artist - Author


Damien runs the art business Vigilante Studios, specialising in photo-realistic portraits using graphite. He can also do still-life, landscapes and other custom images on request. In 2021, Damien illustrated the book This is Ear Hustle under a contract with Random House.


Commissions are currently open. To see more art, follow Vigilante Studios on Instagram: @EmbersOfRetribution 


Digital art sales (NFTs) can be purchased through our account on OpenSea. Custom NFTs can also be created on request.

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In the Press

Damien gives interviews and talks regarding the prison system, alongside his various projects. Click here for a complete collection of Damien’s publications and press appearances.

Contact him for interviews, speaking and articles.

Download his press kit here.



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Damien Linnane is the author of the thriller novel Scarred. He has also written for the news website 10 daily and the academic journal Advances in Librarianship. He is currently in final stages of publishing a memoir.


In 2021, Damien became the editor of Paper Chained, a journal aimed at people affected by the prison system, and the host of Broken Chains, a podcast on the prison system produced in conjunction with the City of Newcastle.

Self-taught while in prison, Damien is the owner and operator of the art business Vigilante Studios. He has held three solo art exhibitions, and is also the illustrator of the book This is Ear Hustle.

Damien holds a master's degree in Information Studies and works primarily as an archivist. He also lobbies for better educational programs and mental health support for incarcerated persons, and is available for interviews and speaking appearances.