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My name is Damien Kane Rigden and I am a Nashua, NH based artist, author, and vocalist/producer. My background is a mix of engineering, architecture, fine art classes, and apprenticeship. I love creating things and trying out new ways to express myself. Some of them stick, and from that point I just keep trying to learn and grow. I am eternally a work in progress. For visual art I generally use three different media: printmaking, pen illustration, and painting. Since 2017 I have been writing Lyrics and in 2021 I started producing my own music. In 2019 I released my debut fiction story and have since fell in love with writing as well.
I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After WPI, I spent some time studying architecture at the BAC in Boston. I have taken classes at the Currier Museum and New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH. I also studied reduction woodcut printmaking for a year and a half at Piscataqua Fine Arts in Portsmouth, NH. In 2023 I went on a wild journey to discover my own style of painting. From January to July I created 76 paintings and developed my "Contemporary Impressionist" style. Learn more here. In November 2023 I began accepting commissions for paintings in this style.
In 2017 I began learning Python programming through online classes. I have since used this in a few creative projects from a clock which uses my own numbering system, to a couple of cryptography problems. You can check out my work on GitHub.
In 2019 I took my first foray into literature by writing a Sci-Fi thriller novelette based around global warming. This is available in kindle format, paperback and hardcover from Amazon.
My pandemic project, from early 2020 to August 2021 was a pair of books. The first one, Bell's Codex is an action adventure novel about solving a book which has been encrypted in a secret code. The second one, my magnum opus, is the ACTUAL encrypted book from the story. The puzzle is real and you can solve it yourself.
In April of 2022 I released a suspense/thriller/horror novella entitled "All Manner of Beast & Man."
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In 2021 I wrote, recorded and produced my first solo album after years of collaborative music projects. Interstitial explores themes of love, happiness, life and death among others.
In September of 2022 I released my new album ”Up in Flames.” In these chaotic and uncertain times we find ourselves in, I made the album that I needed to hear.