Visit www.cyddamian.com and be drawn into a creative whirlwind with enough energy to forever change your view of what it means to use all of one’s talents. That is Cyd Damian’s life goal. Although writing and performing music is his main driving force, Cyd is not the typical musician.
I met Cyd at a exhibit of his abstract oil paintings held at Studio ADT, 2120 E. 6th Street in Tempe, Arizona (480-967-4555). I was intrigued the colors, textures, overall format of his canvas pieces were often first developed and applied to his guitars.
His is the only art exhibit I have ever attended which included painted musical instruments which the artist could actually play to perform his original music. Cyd’s artistic purpose is to ‘open the mind to explore new horizons’ and as I viewed his colorful guitars hanging next to his paintings it took a while for me to understand that they are functional instruments.
Intrigued to hear his music, I visited his web site and listened to pieces with names such as “Orion Slave Girl”, “Batidas”, “Last Chance to Ride”, “The Ballard of Bat Dish” and many more. I am awed at how one person can be proficient in auditory as well as visual media.
Many artists, including myself, paint in oils, acrylics, watercolors and other painting media. These are different enough, but all appeal to the sense of vision. Few people bridge the senses with any degree of proficiency. Cyd Damian does it with a graceful ease that isn’t forced or contrived. His paintings invoke visual melody, tempo, and potent silence in the viewer. An exhibition of his work is a trans-sensory kaleidoscopic experience.
It that weren’t enough, Cyd is also a photographer. He plays with light, value, and tonal degrees like he might strum cords on his guitar. It will be my pleasure to interview Cyd Damian on the Jan. 24, 2012 episode of my Buff Brain, Easy Workouts for the Mind program (4:30 to 5:30 pm Phoenix time; 6:30 to 7:30 pm EST). The call in number is 1-818-431-8518 or follow the program on www.blogtalkradio.com/cay-randall-may. Archives of the show will be posted on Facebook and Twitter. Please email me at email@example.com if you would like me to post the archive on your Facebook page or email it to you after the show.