David Downes, Hampstead Heath
David Downes (British), The Fallen David Moyes Tree, Hampstead Heath, pen and acrylic on paper, signed and dated 2014 (lower right corner), inscribed verso.
40 x 28cm (54 x 43cm framed)
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David Downes 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 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.
In 2012, Downes was commissioned by the Savoy hotel to paint the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, when a 1,000-strong flotilla sailed past, from the roof of the Savoy which can be seen in the entrance hall of the hotel. This panorama, which is partly inspired by Canaletto's The River Thames on Lord Mayor's Day, is over three metres in length and took nearly three months to complete in situ.
Downes was diagnosed with high functioning autism at the age of 32. He is an active supporter of the National Autistic Society and was made a Vice President of the Society in 2012.
He says, "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"
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