David Downes London ArtistDavid completed an MA at the Royal College of Art in communication design in 1996 and has since worked on a range of projects, from landscapes and drawings to a major commission for the BBC. In September 1999 he set out to record the BBC's most important architecture at the turn of the century. In June 2000 he became artist in-residence to BBC Heritage. In 2000 David's life and career were the subject of a book written by Shelia Paine titled 'Artists Emerging' which explores the mysteries of drawing fluency through the work of seven artists. David lives and works in London and is available for architectural drawings and paintings and landscapes.
"My work focuses on the juxtaposition of history and modernity in London, graveyards lie next to modern offices, aging churches stand in built up areas. I often paint my scenes of London from an aerial position, imagining the way the landscape would look when viewed from that angle. In this way my work is a meeting of realism and imagination. I am very focussed and can capture architecture and urban-scapes in vivid detail"
David Downes
David Downes "I gave David the near impossible task to record for posterity a sense of the scale and majesty of some of the BBC's finest buildings. David is adding a new dimension to the BBC's heritage and building up our collection for the future."
The late Justin Philips, Head of Heritage for the BBC
"The full extent of David Downes' achievement as a mature professional remains to be seen. He has studied alongside the most able of art students and in the footsteps of the eminent: Henry Moore, David Hockney and other who achieved international status during their lifetimes. Whatever his ultimate achievement, it cannot now be insignificant and in the light of his history, it is already remarkable."
'Artists Emerging: Sustaining Expression Through Drawing', Sheila Paine, Ashgate, 2000
Education
M.A. in Communication Design - The Royal College of Art, London
P.G.D. in Narrative Sequential Illustration – Brighton University
H.N.D. in Commercial Illustration – Anglia University
Commissions
The Cenotaph, Remembrance Sunday - George Cummings (Go Figurative) Feb 2014
The Forth Ashes Test at Chester-Le-Street
(Go Figurative) August 2013
The Savoy Hotel - The Royal Pageant (Go Figurative) June 2012
Red Zel Painting London at Night
(Go Figurative) 2011
Renaissance Hotel - Sponsored by Bic Biro Summer Ball 2011
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
2009-2010
Tim and Heather Olsen - April 2009
Westminster Cathedral August 2006
St Brides Church April 2005
John Jones London December 2005
Merill Lynch November 2005
Goldman Sachs June 2005
BBC Derry July 2001
Land Registry, commissioned by head office, February 2001
BBC World Service, London Collage for Prague Office 2000
Hodges and Associates, Yell.com May 2000
BBC Heritage Artist in Residence 1999 – 2001
Exhibitions : Solo
Drawn to N16 - Pop Up Show, Michael Naik (Stokey Local) Stoke Newington - Feb 2015
The Draw of Hampstead
, Hampstead, Go Figurative Gallery - June 2014
The City To N16 at The Fox Reformed
, Stoke Newington Nov 2009 - Feb 2010
East to West, A Journey Along the Thames, Riverside Gallery April 2008
Diverse London Rivercourt Goldman Sachs September 2007
Hungover Shoreditch Gestalt Centre, London November 2007
Citygroup Exhibiton April 2006
Merril Lynch Exhibition November 2005
Goldman Sachs Exhibition September 2005
The Square Mile – St Brides Church April 2005
Above and Beyond – Conningsby Gallery June 2004
High on Stokey 2 – Vortex Gallery July 2003
Drawn to Highgate – The Wrestlers Pub 2003
High on Stokey 1 – Ryans Bar November 2002
Urbanscapes 3 – Vortex Gallery June 2002
Urbanscapes 2 – Stoke Newington Gallery February 2002
Urbanscapes 1 – Lea Valley Rowing Club November 2001
London Scenes - The Fox Reformed Wine Bar February 1999
Exhibitions : Group
Affordable Art Fair – (Go Figurative) Hampstead 2011-2012-2013-2014
London Town – (Go Figurative) First Thursday October 2012
Fields Of Vision
– Landscapes Past & Present: 28 January - 25 March 2012
In 2 Landscape Exhibition
– Quay Gallery, Quay Theatre Sudbury July - August 2011
Tate Modern - Group Exhibition - Hugh McKelvey Room - February 2010
Collective Fragments - November 2009 - January 2010
Sizzler - Jago Space, Red Church Street, July 2008
Manchester Town Hall Gallery October 2007
Mall Galleries September 2007
Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander - Sunday Times Water Colour Competition
'20 x 20' - White Chapel, July 2007
Juddykes John Jones Arts Space Curated by Ben Judd & Howard Dyke 2007
Jam – John Jones Group Exhibition August 2006
The Artist & Illustrators Art Fair, Business Design Centre, July 2005
Wood through the trees - John Jones Group Exhibition August 2005
The Hunting Art Prize – RCA Gallery February 2005
The Jerwood Drawing Prize – London September 2004
Ooze – John Jones Group Exhibition July 2004
The London Drawing School, St Martin in the Fields Crypt Gallery May 2004
Royal West of England Show Bristol, October 1999
Royal College of Art M.A.Graduation Show 1996
Residencies
The Savoy June 2012 - August 2012
Hampstead School of Art - September 2012 - June 2013
Tower Bridge with Storms
Tower Bridge with Storms
Tower Bridge with Storms
Albert Bridge David Downes
Olympic Gallery
Tower Bridge with Storms
Tower Bridge with Storms
Belfast BBC Gallery
Stoke Newington Gallery