Sculptor, Illustrator, Painter, Printmaker, and Teacher, Richard Down’s art combines contemporary aesthetics with the rich history of printmaking to create images that feel both current and timeless. He has worked for most United States periodicals and newspapers ranging from Smithsonian Magazine to the New York Times and international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and the United Nationspublication divisions.
Downs is a graduate of Art Center College of Design and was a faculty member for 6 years. He currently teaches in the Applied Art and Design Department at Sierra College and online Illustration classes for the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design.
Richard has received numerous awards for his work including the Society of Illustrators Museum in New York and American Illustration.
Richard’s work, “Couple #203”, was selected for the Crocker Art Museum 2012 Art Auction and enjoyed a record price for one of his works on paper. Richard’s sculptural work Couple #276 was selected for the Crocker Art Museum’s 2014 Art Auction and enjoyed a record price for his sculpture.
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, and 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, CA with his wife and artist, Gwyn Stramler, and their daughter.
Exhibitions & Publications
2014 March – TEW Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2014 UCDA – Feature interview and article for Designer Magazine titled, “Reinventing Richard Downs”. Designer Magazine is published by the University & College Designers Association- August
2014 Crocker art museum – 36th Annual Art Auction – Wire Sculpture, Couple #276
2014 San Francisco Magazine – “The Art of Oakland, CA” feature article – work included
2014 Elizabeth Gordon Gallery – Santa Barbara – “Summer Works”
2014 American Illustration 33 – 1 piece selected
2014 The University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning – The Hallmark Lecture Series – January 23
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 – work included
2013 Solo Exhibit – The Transmission Gallery – Oakland – Dec-Jan 2014
2013 Studio Visit Magazine – Winter Issue – work included
2013 Solo Exhibit – Red Dot Gallery – Sacramento – July
2013 Sactown Magazine – “Out of Africa” The work of Richard Downs at Red Dot Gallery
2013 American Illustration 32 – 1 piece selected
2012 American Illustration 31 – 2 pieces selected
2012 Crocker art museum -“2012 Art Auction” June
2012 Sacramento Temporary Contemporary -“Memory” May
2012 Gallery 2110 – “Human Voice”- March
2011 The Center for the Arts – Solo Show – Richard Downs “Couples” – Grass Valley, CA
2011 Sacramento Temporary Contemporary- Group Show – “Looking Back, Looking Forward”
2011 Sacramento Temporary Contemporary- Solo Show – “Couples by Richard Downs”
2011 New York Society of Illustrators Museum- Included in the Institutional Exhibit, Illustrators 53
2011 Skinner Howard Contemporary- Sacramento – Risque Valentine Show
2010 New York Society of Illustrators 53 – 2 Illustrations accepted into the exhibition and book
2010 Invitation from the Sea Turtle Restoration Project to be included in an exhibit and benefit to help support the restoration of habitat destroyed by the BP oil spill.
2010 Work included in the New York Society of Illustrators Museum exhibit EARTH: Fragile Planet and included in the Traveling Exhibition
2010 Work Included in Illustrators 52 Traveling Exhibition.
2010 New York Society of Illustrators -52nd Illustration Annual- 5 Illustrations accepted into the exhibition and book