Dameon Priestly is a new artist to Fiumano Fine Art. His practice revolves around working through specific themes, creating a body of work with a coherent message or discussion running through it. His inspiration is often from the darker side of human nature, the things that society whishes could be swept under the carpet.
Legacy, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 cm
The end result is both confrontational and reconciliatory. Strong images that do not shy away from difficult subject matter force the view to see both the good and the bad in human kind.
Secret Faults, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 cm
In this series of paintings the artist Dameon Priestly addresses difficult and disturbing issues relating to abuses carried out by members of the Catholic Church over the past thirty years.
In the United States, a federal judge in Kentucky ruled that the Holy See is a foreign state that enjoys certain immunity protections. In the judge’s opinion these included protection for the Vatican against any claims arising from sexual abuse litigation. Another ruled in December 2005, that Pope Benedict XVI enjoys immunity as a head of state and removed him from a civil lawsuit accusing him of conspiracy to cover up sexual abuse by a seminarian.
We have sinned, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40 cm
This collection of work is a window on the legacy. Those who have suffered are here able to speak out and reveal the truth. There is no fear here, only strength and determination. Shame has been replaced with defiance and self loathing with self respect.