David Downs

David D.

Chicago, IL

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David delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 10+, males 13+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a working visual artist living in Chicago. My artworks have been shown in Chicago, New York City, Santa Fe, and St. Louis and are held in private collections across the world. I’ve worked in several different directions over the last 16 years including photo-realism, neo-expressionism, and abstraction.

As a way to develop community and exhibit the artwork of others, In 2010 I started an independent publishing company that has released several books with new and emerging contemporary artists and will be releasing its first magazine publication in 2018. Currently, I am also working on several comic book projects that will hopefully be coming out soon!

When working with students I strive to help them develop their own personality and techniques. It is important to me that they not only understand how to use materials, but to develop an ability to talk about their artwork in an historical sense. I have a great passion for the visual arts and love to share knowledge and ideas.

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Jan 2003 - Present
Private Business


Solo/Two Person Shows

2017 Betterday, Santa Fe, NM
2016 "Color and Light" Flatiron Arts Building, Chicago, IL
2015 “Abstracts” Mercantile M, Andersonville Arts Weekend, 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 D." Dick Blick Gallery, New York, NY

Select Group Shows

2017 Uptown Arts Center, Resident Group Show, Chicago, IL 2016 “Suffragate Social” Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL
2016 “Conceptualize/Realize” Marwen Institute, Chicago, IL 2015 “Marwen Art Fair” Marwen Institute, Chicago, IL
2014 “[re]claimed” Semeiotic Gallery, Chicago, IL
2014 “Marwen Art Fair” Marwen Institute, 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 "New Photographs" Las Manos Gallery, Chicago, IL

Published Works and Printed Exhibitions:
(* means self-published books)

2017 Barbed Magazine, issue 5
2017 Average Art Magazine, March issue
2017 * Polonium No3: Work (Sprocketbox Entertainment/Polonium Gallery)
2014 * 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, Recent Works (Sprocketbox Entertainment)
2010 * New American Landscape (Sprocketbox Entertainment)
2010 die Zeit of Drawing (Climate/Gallery)

Awards and Residencies:
2016 Spudnik Press Cooperative Resisency
2010 Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant

The Museum of Modern Art, 2017
Completed In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting, and Modern Art and Ideas
St. Louis Community College at Meramec, 1998-2000
Completed several courses on darkroom photography and alternative printing methods.

Marwen, 2015-2017
Oil Painting, Comic Book Design
Frances Xavier Warde School, 2008-2017 Elementary Art, Extended Day Program
Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 2007-2011 Young Artists Program
Additionally: Piccolo Theater, The Galaxie, The Chicago Botanic Gardens

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Community Arts Assistance Program Grant
Jan 2010
City of Chicago

Photos & Videos

Recent installation at Uptown Arts Center.

Part of an installation at Marwen Foundation in 2016

An example of large scale photo realism and oil paint. Jared, 73 x 84 in, oil on Canvas, 2011
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