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David Paul Downs

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St. Louis

Birth year

Lives in

Works in
Chicago, New York


exhibition/performance, conceptual, abstract, figurative, photography, traditional, landscape, neo-expressionism mixed-media mixed-media, publication installation, arts-education, compliant, neo-nostalgic, mixed-media, realism


Artist Statement

So much can be discovered of a person by viewing their face in a natural state. The lines, scars, wrinkles, blemishes, and moles form a map derived from experience and time. I chose to paint artists I know who carry a weight within them that can be seen in their faces. All of them are on a journey to understand what it is, or how to overcome it. Their lives are on the cusp of change, and the journey to get there has been difficult. There is no need for theatrics, dramatic poses, or expression. All can be seen and felt in the stillness of a stare.

Artist Bio

David Paul Downs was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1978. He taught himself to draw at an early age, motivated by an interest in art. In college he majored in photography and fell in love with the darkroom processes of black and white photography. In the late 90's David taught himself to paint in oils, which has become his preferred medium since.

Currently, David lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. His paintings have been exhibited in New York City and Chicago and have been published in several books, including die Zeit of Drawing (Climate/Gallery), International Dictionary of Artists (World Wide Art Books), New American Landscape and David Paul Downs, Recent Works (Sprocketbox Entertainment). 

Curriculum Vitae

Select Exhibitions:

* designates a solo show


*David Paul Downs, "Xac Be: Traces of the Light Beyond" Mink & Arce Gallery, Chicago, IL

Group Show, Mink & Arce Gallery, Chicago IL


“New American Landscape” Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL

“The Evidence Against Us” Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL  


“die Zeit of Drawing” Climate/Gallery, New York, NY

“New Works” Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Amnetic State” 7013 Studio, Chicago, IL

"Deck Deck Deck” APW Gallery, New York, NY

“New Photographs” Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL


"2nd Annual Square Foot Show" The Galaxie, Chicago, IL


“Subversive Means” Dick Blick Gallery, New York, NY

“Emily Rosen and David Downs” Dick Blick Gallery, New York, NY


1998-2000 St. Louis Community College at Meramec Scholarships Awarded:
Merit Scholarship

Published Works:

2012 "Face Figure Identity" (Sprocketbox Entertainment)
2011 "International Dictionary of Artists" (World Wide Books)
2010 "David Paul Downs, Recent Works" (Sprocketbox Entertainment) 2010 “New American Landscape” (Sprocketbox Entertainment)
2010 “die Zeit of Drawing” (Climate/Gallery)

2010 Chicago Artists Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant 

Recent Exhibits

David Paul Downs participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2011 Xacbe: Traces of the Light Beyond
Mink & Arce Gallery
Oct, 2011 Xacbe: Traces of the Light Beyond
MInk and Arce Gallery
Sep, 2011 Artifice and Ambiguity
Mink & Arce Gallery
May, 2010 New American Landscape
Las Manos Gallery
Apr, 2010 The Evidence Against Us
Las Manos Gallery
Apr, 2010 The Evidence Against Us
Las Manos Gallery
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