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David Downs

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When We Rise, 2015 Acrylic 38 X 49 in © David Downs
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Rose Garden, 2015 Oil Paint 56 in X 43 in © David Paul Downs
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She's a Flower In Your Eyes, 2014 Oil 52x50" © David Downs
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In Conversation With a Photograph That Wasn't There, 2014 Oil 50x52" © David Downs
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Bloom Oil Paint 54 in X 68 in © David Paul Downs
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
St. Louis
Birth year
1978
Lives in
Chicago
Works in
Chicago, New York
Schools
Tags
neo-expressionism mixed-media mixed-media, publication installation, arts-education, compliant, neo-nostalgic, mixed-media, realism, landscape, traditional, photography, abstract, figurative, conceptual, exhibition/performance
Bio/C.V.

Bio

David Downs was born in 1978 in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended a city college with a focus on photography. At age 20 he began to experiment on his own with painting in oils. 
David's paintings have covered a wide range of subject matter and style executions. His early neo-expressionistic works, photo-realistic portraits, and recent colorful abstract paintings have been exhibited in small galleries and DIY spaces in both New York City and Chicago. Many of his works have also been published in international catalogues, including the many artist books he's authored and self-published showcasing his work among several artists from around the world.

C.V.

Solo/Two Person Shows

2016 "Color and Light" Flatiron Arts Building, Chicago, IL

2015 "Abstracts" Mercantile M, Chicago, IL

2011 "Xacbe: Traces of the Light Beyond" Mink & Arce Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006 "Age and Decay" The Lucky Cat, New York, NY

2005 "Emily Rosen and David Downs" Dick Blick Gallery, New York, NY


Select Group Shows

2016 "Suffragette Social" Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL

2016 “Conceptualize/Realize” Marwen Institute, Chicago, IL 

2014, '15, & '16 Marwen Institute Fundraiser, Chicago, IL 

2014 "(re)claim" Semeiotic Gallery, Chicago, IL

2011 "Artifice & Ambiguity" Mink & Arce Gallery, Chicago, IL

2010 "New American Landscape" Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL

2010 "The Evidence Against Us" Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009 "die Zeit of Drawing" Climate/Gallery, New York, NY

2009 "New Works" Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL

2009 "Deck Deck Deck" APW Gallery, New York, NY

2009 "Amnetic State" 7013 Studio, Chicago, IL

2009 "New Photographs" Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008 "2nd Annual Square Foot Show" The Galaxie!, Chicago, IL

2005 “Subversive Means” Dick Blick Gallery, New York, NY


Published Works and Printed Exhibitions:

2015 Polonium No2: NONobject (Sprocketbox Entertainment/Polonium Gallery)

2014 Polonium No1: Sentiment (Sprocketbox Entertainment/Polonium Gallery)

2012 Figure Face 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)


Awards:

2010 CAAP Grant


Collections:

Works held in private collections in France, New York, Chicago, Santa Fe, and San Francisco


Teaching and Demonstrations:

2014-2015 Teaching Artist at Marwen Institute

2007-2014 Teacher for Extended Day Program at Francis Xavier Warde School

2012-2014 Arts Instructor at Piccolo Theater Arts Camp

2007-2011 Arts Instructor for YAP at Noyes Cultural Arts Center

2008 Arts Instructor at The Galaxie!

2007 Demonstrator for the Chicago Botanic Garden Fairchild Challenge