Vigilante Studios

Self-taught while in prison, Damien specialises in photo-realistic portraits using graphite. He can also do still-life, landscapes and other custom images on request. A published illustrator, Damien completed a contract with Random House to illustrate the book This is Ear Hustle, which was released in the US on October 19, 2021.

To see more art, follow Vigilante Studios on Instagram: @EmbersOfRetribution

NFTs (digital art sales) can be purchased through our account on OpenSea.

Custom NFTs can also be commissioned.

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This Is Ear Hustle:
Book Illustration

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 Exhibitions

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.


Portraits of Crime
August 6 - October 8, 2022
Solo exhibition to be displayed at  Charlestown Public Library, Charelstown.

Portraits of Crime, Damien's fifth solo art exhibition, explores moments in history where people violated unjust laws. After being displayed in Charlestown, the exhibition will move to a venue in Brisbane. Dates and location to be confirmed.

Past Exhibitions

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Always learning

Comparison drawing from the first images I made in prison, or the first attempt at drawing the subjects, to the current version  I've worked on.



All Art

For all art and current peices check out my instagram @embersofretribution or Flickr