Richard Downs

Biography

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 its 2015 Art Auction. Richard’s work was selected for the Crocker art Museum 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 his 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, 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.

2018
SPACE 151
Room for Thought
San Francisco
March

2018
TEW GALLERIES
Pictorial Whimsy
Atlanta
February

2017
101/EXHIBIT
Figurative Futures
Group Show West
Hollywood, CA

2017
FIRE STATION 15
Public Art Project
Finalist
Sacramento, CA

2016
JAY JAY GALLERY
The Darker Side of
Pink
Group Show
Sacramento, CA

2015
THE HUNTER MUSEUM
of American Art
Art Auction
Chattanooga, TN

2015
TEW GALLERIES
Pictorial Adventures
Atlanta
August

2015
FREDERICK HOLMES & COMPANY
Summer Show
Seattle
March

2015
TEW GALLERIES
Two Person Show
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

2013
THE TRANSMISSION GALLERY
Solo Exhibit
Oakland
December

2013
STUDIO VISIT MAGAZINE
Inclusion in the magazine
December

Exhibitions

donofrio-al

Surface Spectrum

Works by a collection of artists
April 27 - June 8, 2019