Northern California artist Richard Downs transfigures steel, twisted wire, painting and printmaking into a visual mythology celebrating human connectedness. Classically trained, Richard emerged out of Art Center Pasadena as an accomplished printmaker and visual storyteller inspired by Russian Constructivism and the “Kustomizer” car culture of the 1950s and 60s. During his more than 30 years of dedication to the fine arts, Richard Downs exhibits his sculptures, etchings and paintings throughout the United States and galleries in Atlanta, GA and Seattle, WA.
In 2017 Richard was named a finalist for the Fire Station 15 Public Art Project for the city of Sacramento. Richard’s Monotype Couple #303 was selected by The Hunter Museum of American Art for their 2015 Art Auction. Richard's work was selected for the Crocker art museums 2012 Art Auction. His monotype, "Couple #203" was auctioned at the Crocker art museum and enjoyed a record price for one of his works on paper. Richard's sculptural work Couple #276 was selected for the Crocker art museums 2014 Art Auction and enjoyed a record price for one of sculptures. His work was profiled in the June 2013 Issue of Sactown Magazine, the Winter 2013 issue of Studio Visit, the January issue of US Airways Magazine, and the June 2014 issue of San Francisco Magazine and a feature cover article in the August 2014 issue of Designer Magazine published by UCDA (University & College Designers Association) titled, “Reinventing Richard Downs”. Richard lives in Nevada City with his wife and artist Gwyn Stramler.
TEW Galleries - Atlanta
Frederick Holmes & Company - Seattle
Elizabeth Gordon Gallery - Santa Barbara
*2018 TEW Galleries - Pictorial Whimsy - Atlanta - February
*2017 101/EXHIBIT Figurative Futures - Group Show - West Hollywood, CA
*2017 Named a finalist for the Fire Station 15 Public Art Project, - Sacramento, CA
*2016 The Darker Side of Pink - Group Show , Jay Jay Gallery, Sacramento, CA
*2015 The Hunter Museum of American Art, Art Auction, Chattanooga, TN
*2015 Pictorial Adventures - TEW Galleries - Atlanta - August
*2015 Summer Show - Frederick Holmes & Company - Seattle - March
*2015 Two Person Show - TEW Galleries - Atlanta - March
*2014 Crocker art museum -"2014 Art Auction" Sacramento - June
*2014 University of Kansas - Hallmark Lecture Series - The School of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning. January
*2014 The Motorhead Traveler – Selected by the tourism boards, Visit California and Visit Oakland to work with Travel Television Host Kevin
Cullen to create his self portrait in steel wire to help promote the arts in Oakland, CA March
*2014 US Airways Magazine – “Celebrate Oakland, CA” feature article for the Transmission Gallery – work included
*2013 Solo Exhibit - The Transmission Gallery - Oakland - December
*2013 Studio Visit Magazine - Inclusion in the magazine December
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