Richard Downs

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Couple #190, 2011 Monotype 12x16" Image 17x20 Sheet © Richard Downs
Couple #219, 2012 Monotype 12x15" Image 17x20 Sheet © Richard Downs
Woman #191, 2011 Monotype 12x15" Image 17x20 Sheet © Richard Downs
Couple #206, 2012 Monotype 12x15" Image 17x20 Sheet © Richard Downs
Couple #204, 2012 Monotype 12x15" Image 17x20 Sheet © Richard Downs
Woman #223, 2012 Monotype 12x15" Image 17x20 Sheet © Richard Downs
Man #224, 2012 Monotype 12" X !5" Image 17" X 20" Sheet © Richard Downs
© Courtesy of the Artist and Transmission Gallery
Couple #46, 2009 Oil On Birch Panel 15 X 12 X 2 Inches © 2009
The Alter Ego, 2013 Monotype On Japanese Paper 15 X 12 X .375 Inches © 2013
Quick Facts
Birth year
Lives in
Grass Valley
Works in
Grass Valley
Art Center College of Design, 1984, BFA
printmaking/monotype mixed-media painting, monotype drawing, figurative, conceptual, sculpture

Richard Downs' art making combines contemporary aesthetics with the rich history of printmaking to create images that feel both current and timeless. He has worked for most United States periodicals and newspapers ranging from Smithsonian Magazine to the New York Times and international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations publication divisions. Downs is a graduate of Art Center College of Design and was a faculty member for 6 years and he currently teaches in the Applied Art & Design department at Sierra College. Richard has received numerous awards for his work including the Society of Illustrators Museum in New York and American Illustration. Richard creates media appropriate and conceptually appropriate image making for a wide range of clients and art collectors.

Richard's work was selected for the Crocker art museums 2012 Art Auction. His monotype, "Couple #203" was auctioned on the evening of Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Crocker art museum and enjoyed a record price for one of his works on paper. In January 2014 Richard closed his first Bay Area solo exhibit of his work at the Transmission Gallery in Oakland. His work has been profiled in the June/July 2013 Issue of Sactown Magazine, the Winter 2013 issue of Studio Visit and the January 2014 issue of US Airways. Richard lives in Nevada City with his wife and artist Gwyn Stramler and their daughter.


Nevada City, Ca


1984 BFA Art Center College of Design - Pasadena, CA

Scholarship student awarded with honors

Teaching Assignments

1987 -1993 Art Center College of Design - Pasadena, CA - Editorial Illustration

2002 - Present Sierra College - Rocklin & Nevada County Campus – Illustration


Exhibition Record


*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 University of Kansas - Hallmark Lecture Series - I will be speaking to the School of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning. January

*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

*2013 Solo Exhibit - Red Dot Gallery - Sacramento - July

*2013 American Illustration 32 - 1 piece selected

*2012 American Illustration 31 - 2 pieces selected

*2012 Crocker art museum -"2012 Art Auction" June

*2012 Sacramento Temporary Contemporary -"Memory" May

*2012 Gallery 2110 - "Human Voice"- March

*2011 The Center for the Arts - Solo Show - Richard Downs "Couples and Curious Creatures"-Opening June 20 - July 11, 2011 Grass Valley, Ca

*2011 Sacramento Temporary Contemporary- Group Show - "Looking Back, Looking Forward" curated by Robert Ray Opening May 12 - June 4, 2011

*2011 Sacramento Temporary Contemporary- Solo Show - "Couples by Richard Downs"-Opening March 10 -April 10, 2011

* 2011 New York Society of Illustrators Museum- Included in the Institutional Exhibit, Illustrators 53 -February 23-March 19, 2011

* 2011 Skinner Howard Contemporary- Sacramento-Risque Valentine Show February 12 - March 5, 2011

* 2010 New York Society of Illustrators 53 - 2 Illustrations accepted into the exhibition and book

* 2010 Invitation from the Sea Turtle Restoration Project to be included in an exhibit and benefit to help support the restoration of habitat destroyed by the BP oil spill.

* 2010 Work included in the New York Society of Illustrators Museum exhibit EARTH: Fragile Planet and included in the Traveling Exhibition

* 2010 Work Included in Illustrators 52 Traveling Exhibition. Tour dates from September 2010 through July 2011

* 2010 New York Society of Illustrators -52nd Illustration Annual- 5 Illustrations accepted into the exhibition and book

* 2009 New York Society of Illustrators -51st Illustration Annual-Phoenix Magazine

* 2007 Communication Arts -48th Illustration Annual-Stanford Medicine Magazine

* 2007 American Illustration -26th Illustration Annual-Communications of the ACM

* 2006 gold medal -Council for Advancement and Support of Education(CASE)-editorial art - Middlebury College

* 2006 gold medal - 28th Annual Design Awards - American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) - Computerworld

* 2006 silver medal - 28th Annual Design Awards - American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) - PC World

* 2006 award of excellence - 36th Annual Design Competition - The University & College Designers Association (UCDA) - Middlebury College






American Illustration-Communication Arts Illustration Annual-HOW magazine-Print Regional Design Annual-Society of Illustrators New York-Online Design-Hypno Magazine-Society of Publication Design-Step by Step Japan - Sactown


Client List

acm communications-businessweek-cmp-kiplingers-ing barings-discover-time warner-mens journal-outside-national geographic-wall street journal-los angeles times-san francisco chronicle--new york times-washington post-chicago tribune-hartford courant-dallas morning news-disney-stanford-harvard-columbia -usc-cyan-salon-msnbc-international monetary fund-pc world-computerworld-american medical news-harcourt brace-book of the month-rigby-der spiegel-der freitag-london times-the vidal partnership-toyota-usa today-nike-united nations-forbes-texas monthly-bloomberg-spin-wendy's-3com-mips-quantum-heineken-phoenix magazine-canadian business-cure-cricket-crocker art california-visit oakland-national geographic learning