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an artist, mostly a painter, currently living and working in Chicago, IL USA. I was born in St. Louis Missouri and have also lived in NYC.
About my artwork
My paintings are an exploration of ideas and emotions using mostly oil paint. I believe in a slow process, giving and taking, until it finally occurs that I've done something right. I wish to give the viewer a means to feel and discover either something in them or separate from them by means of form and color.

2011 "Xac be: Traces of the Light Beyond
Minks & Arce Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006 “Age and Decay”
The Lucky Cat New York, NY

2011 " Artifice and 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 "New Photographs"
Las Manos Gallery Chicago, IL

2009 "die Zeit of Drawing"
Climate/Gallery New York, NY

2009 "Deck Deck Deck"
APW Gallery New York, NY

2009 "Miriam Benezra Memorial Scholarship Show"
Griffin Gallery Chicago, IL

2008 "2nd Annual Square Foot Show"
The Galaxie Chicago, IL

2005 “Subversive Means”
Dick Blick Gallery (NoHo) New York, NY

2005 “NoHo ArtWalk”
(NoHo) New York, NY

2005 “Emily Rosen and David Downs”

Dick Blick Gallery (NoHo) New York, NY

2010 "New American Landscape"

2010 ARTREND Now
Artists I like
Anselm Kiefer, Erin Morrison, Jared Weiss, Adam Evans, Melissa Wilkinson, Baltizar Castillo, Andrew Weis, Chuck Close, Jenny Morgan, Lena Liv, Robert Rauschenberg, Valery Koshliakov, Gabriela Morawetz, Franz Kline, Motherwell
rock music, Neo-expressionism, abstract expressionism, coffee shops, black and white photography, museums, galleries, contemporary art, modern art, alternative art spaces
What exhibitions are good at the moment?
AB EX NY at the MOMA
Centre of the artworld:
New York, my studio, nowhere and everywhere

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My solo show next month!

Posted on September 27, 2011 at 21:09

New American Landscape

Press Release:


Las Manos Gallery
5220 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 728-8910
Opening Reception, May 7th 7pm-11pm

New American Landscape is a diverse group show consisting of works from the 27 artists represented in the book “New American Landscape” to be published in May by Sprocketbox Entertainment. The works of these artists…

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 4:32

The Evidence Against Us

For Immediate Release:

Las Manos Gallery

5220 N. Clark Street

Chicago, IL 60640

Tel: (773) 728-8910

Sat - Sun 12-5 or by appt.

Email: info@lasmanosgallery.com


Representing local and international, established and emerging

contemporary artists.

April 2 - April 30 :

"The Evidence Against Us"

Local and international contemporary artists examine our affect on the

environment and the… Continue

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 16:03

The Neo-Nostalgia Movement is Upon Us!

Neo-Nostalgic is a term recently given to works of art that deal with antiquity, faux antiquity, desires for the past, or reinvention of ideas, concepts, or artifacts from the past in artistic representation.

This group is being posed to unite together artists and collectors interested or currently engaged in this theme of artistic motivation. Together, we can curate shows, discuss techniques, gather works for publication, and gain notoriety for ourselves and our… Continue

Posted on November 10, 2009 at 6:56

New American Landscape deadline extention!

New American Landscape deadline extension

Great news! If you haven't yet submitted your work, there is still time! We have extended the deadline for submissions to the end of the year. December 31st 2009 is the new and final date! It is still free to submit until you are chosen (see original post for details). With the work we have so far, we are beginning to understand some of the unique directions artists are taking this subject. We encourage any and all submissions and are really… Continue

Posted on November 10, 2009 at 6:49

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At 0:44 on November 23, 2011, ARTStap International said…

Hello, studentsZINE Publication for Contemporary Art would like to invite you to join us at the studentsZINE Platform www.studentszine.com - Here you can view the latest award and prize opportunities, enter the art library, read the submission guidelines and of course download the publication all for FREE, Hope to see you there :)

At 18:31 on June 27, 2010, Mark Lomax said…
nice work, thanks for the add.
At 3:38 on October 29, 2009, baltazar castillo said…
Thanks David for the heads up on the art book. just sent the images and things. hows the galaxie teaching going? Hope to meet up someday!

At 5:50 on August 22, 2009, Francisco Rosado said…
Love your work! Peace!
At 5:50 on November 12, 2008, ART & ARTISTS LA said…

Open to all artists in all fine arts media we seek to recognize outstanding quality and diversity in the arts.

The 2009 IJC is open to all artists worldwide, age 18 and older. All works must be original. Entries in the following medias will be accepted: Painting, Drawing, Mixed media, Printmaking, Watercolor, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Photography.

Entry Deadline February 15th 2009.


A solo show next winter 2009 at Bluebird Art House and $1500 to the winner. 1 work in the show for each one of the 3 runner up.

To receive the Submission Form and bases

At 15:54 on August 3, 2008, baltazar castillo said…
hI david
Verrrrrrry interesting work would like to see it live.
Great sprocketbox site!
At 0:32 on May 31, 2008, kika nicolela said…
At 20:54 on May 6, 2008, kika nicolela said…
hey david, I really loved your work! I entered your website and was mesmerized by your illustrations and the painted photographs.
cheers from brazil,

At 4:44 on April 21, 2008, David Downs said…
COMIC BOOK QUICKIE! Seminar at The Galaxie! Chicago

Comic Book Quickie!

May 17, 10am-1pm


"Comic Book Quickie!" is a three hour intro into the world of creating comic books. Using a sample script and professional materials, artist, David Downs will lead you through page layout, penciling techniques, pen and ink techniques, and coloring with watercolor. This is a hands-on seminar, so be ready to draw!

I will be teaching this class at The Galaxie in Chicago. All materials will be supplied, so all you need is creativity! go to http://galaxiechicago.com/galaxiesite/fineartclass.htm#comic to sign up!
At 4:56 on April 16, 2008, Kerri said…
i really like the gritty industrial element in your work


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