Self-taught while in prison, Damien specialises in photo-realistic drawings using graphite. In 2021, Damien completed a contract with Random House to illustrate the book This is Ear Hustle,. He has also held six solo art exhibitions, and is currently working on a series of commissioned pieces, due to be exhibited in Newcastle in March 2023. Individual commissions are accordingly closed at present while this exhibition is being worked on.
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This Is Ear Hustle:
Ear Hustle, an award winning podcast, looks at the daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration. This Is Ear Hustle, written by podcast co-hosts Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods, and illustrated by Damien Linnane, tells the story of the podcast.
This is Ear Hustle: Book Illustration Examples
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Current and Upcoming Exhibitions
31 March - 21 May 2023
Group exhibition at The Lock-Up, Newcastle
Stories of survival uncovered through the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in the Hunter Region will come to the foreground in this unique exhibition. Artists include Lottie Consalvo, Peter Gardiner, Fiona Lee, Damien Linnane and Clare Weeks.
Broken Chains : Prisoners Unlocking Potential
Digital exhibition currently on display at Newcastle Digital Library and also online.
Broken Chains is a feature exhibition of 10 drawings and biographies hosted by Newcastle Library. The exhibition accompanies a podcast series they commissioned Damien to host on the prison system.
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