On view May 4 - May 27, 2012
Opening reception First Friday May 4, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

William Damiano’s work reflects on both pop-culture and a menagerie of novel characters that should, and probably do, exist in a different dimension. For Art Show, his solo exhibition of watercolors at Nationale, initial portraiture of dog breeds grew into a comprehensive, comic series breaking the fourth wall and exploring the hilarious, obtuse, and bittersweet lives of The Genuine Dogs. As Damiano often shifts artistic focus, a world-traveling family of foxes also shares the spotlight, with Damiano similarly exploring their personalities amidst different settings, times, and celebrations.

William Damiano is a 23-year-old Portland artist who currently works at the community space Project Grow. Praised by his peers as “a marvel to watch”, Damiano, headphones blasting WILD 107.5, creates highly imaginative, endearing illustrations marked by both a confident penmanship and a lively use of color. This is his first solo exhibition.

The seven large pieces in this exhibition were framed thanks to the generous help of Luke’s Frame Shop located on SE Belmont Street.