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David Downs

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Story of the Three, 2016 Oil, Spray, Crayon 54x54 Inches © David Downs
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Comfortable, 2016 Oil, Spray 53x52 Inches © David Downs
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Things That Soothe, 2016 Oil, Spray 52x58 Inches © David Downs
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
St. Louis
Birth year
1978
Lives in
Chicago
Works in
Chicago
Schools
Tags
neo-expressionism mixed-media mixed-media, publication installation, arts-education, compliant, neo-nostalgic, mixed-media, landscape, traditional, photography, 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

2017 Betterday, Phoenix, AR

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:

2014-2017 Teaching Artist at Marwen

2008 Arts Instructor at The Galaxie!

2007 Demonstrator for the Chicago Botanic Garden Fairchild Challenge