Born 1992 in Nanping, China. Lives in New York, NY.
Damien H. Ding’s paintings surround the imperfection of intimate understanding and the space in which even the strongest connection inevitably breaks apart. To facilitate the close engagement with painting central to his practice, he utilizes the material and language of furniture and cabinetry as containers and spaces for his images, reminiscent of domestic altars and small chapels. The imagery of Ding’s paintings is often meditative yet intense and hints at transcendence through stillness and velocity. His paintings and the constructs they are housed in are seductive, drawing in the viewer before revealing illogical and surreptitious elements that confound, catalyzing the generation of strong feelings that are difficult to articulate.
Damien H. Ding received a BA in Art History with a minor in Asian Studies from Swarthmore College and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. Recent solo exhibitions include Private Paintings at Denny Gallery (New York, NY), Difficult Paintings at The Anderson Gallery (Richmond, VA), and Selfish Paintings at Braverman Gallery (Tel Aviv, Israel). His work has been included in notable group exhibitions including Uprising at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery (Schloss Goerne, Germany), The Hearing Trumpet Part II at Galerie Marguo (Paris, France), You Had Me At Hello: New American Paintings at Steven Zevitas Gallery (Boston, MA), The Natural World Part II at Alexander Berggruen (New York, NY), Lunarian at Denny Dimin Gallery (Hong Kong), Banquette at Afternoon Projects (Vancouver, Canada), and the Loneliest Sport at Spazio Amanita (New York, NY) among others. His work has been written about in publications such as The Brooklyn Rail, Whitewall and Artsy. Upcoming projects include solo exhibitions at Steven Zevitas Gallery (Boston, MA), Gallery Marguo (Paris, France), and group exhibitions at Linseed Projects (Shanghai, China), Braverman Gallery (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Eugster (Belgrade, Serbia). Damien H. Ding is represented by Denny Gallery (New York) and Braverman Gallery (Tel Aviv, Israel).