Begun in 2012 as part of The Collector drawings, and revisited in 2015 and again this year, I finally finished Impact in May, and it promptly sold a few days later. This piece bridges different bodies of my work, combining aspects of drawings from both Notes to Self and What I See When I Only Listen. More importantly for me, perhaps, this piece spans a difficult emotional terrain that, once traversed, allowed me to realize I had done some actual healing. There are far worse things than therapeutic art.

You can see a detail shot of this piece in the COLOR gallery. And you can zoom way the hell in.

Patronage through Patreon!

Moments ago I launched a crowd-funding page through Patreon. Please take a look, and even if you can’t pledge, feel free to share your thoughts. I always enjoy hearing from you. Even when you’re gruff and blustery. And, if you’re willing, I would be grateful if you would post links to my Patreon on the social media of your choice. I heard about this thing called FaceBook that’s good for getting the word out.

Yours truly – Damien James

PS: I’m also on Instagram now. None of us thought it would happen, but it has.

New Notes to Self

Fellow humans, above is the newest addition to the Notes to Self drawings. This piece is 30×22 and was made with ultra fine-tip turquoise Sharpies betwen the end of 2016 and the start of 2017. I know, you’re wondering why, after all these years, does Sharpie not just send me markers whenever I need them? It’s a mystery to me as well.

There are some detail shots of this drawing in the Notes to Self gallery. Feel free to take a look, a gander, have a glance, peruse. Also, if you have questions, let me know. It’s ok. I’m here for you.

Duly noted


Please feel free to visit the Notes to Self gallery and feast your eyes on seven new pieces. Yes, free feasting on pieces. OK, maybe it’s not actually free; it’ll cost your time, for what that’s worth (which only you can answer). But should you spend some small measure of your time here, know that you’ll have my appreciation, for what that’s worth (which only you can answer still; sorry to put this all on you, people).

Notes to Self

 Call the girls IV - detail 1  

These images are from a new series of drawings called Notes to Self, abstractions of written language meant to illustrate the fallibility of communication and our penchant for misinterpretation. The new work is largely rooted in post-it notes and random writings flung about my life, some serving as reminders (of things to accomplish, of ways to be) while others are trigger phrases I’m trying to purge from myself due to their deleterious effects on my psyche. Sounds fun, right? You’ll find more in the Notes to Self gallery (or from the IMAGES tab above).



Ladies and gentlemen and all the rest of you:

I’ll be at Pitchspork this weekend – July 17th through the 19th in Chicago’s lovely Union Park – selling fifty new test tube drawings. And then storming various stages to illustrate what a rock star I am. Come say hello. I’ll be in the artists coterie. Which is a fancy word for “inner circle,” though you may rest assured that if there are circles at all, I am far from in them.

A couple of these new drawings – all measuring about four by six inches – are below for your art viewing enjoyment, while more will be added to the test tube gallery in the nearish future.