Michael Downs’ drawings reflect on compact realizations of insightful moments in daily life. They can also be understood as landscapes of social encounters transferred into abstract works. ‘This is to express the organic nature of perception; we experience the exterior world by the saccadic burst of information gathering interspersed with less alert passages of time. It bends and flows in ways which rectangles oversimplify.’ (M. Downs)

Downs was born in 1953 in Skipton, England. In 1976 he obtained a bachelor's degree from the Bath Academy of Arts, UK, and in 1994 a master's degree from the UNSW School of Fine Arts, Sydney. Since then he has developed a range of  exhibitions and cooperations with art galleries, museums and art institutions both at home and abroad. During his prolific experience over more than 20 years as an artist in residence, he has participated in residency programs in Australia, China, Indonesia, Thailand, among others, in particular forming a close relationship with China. He has participated as a principal speaker at international events such as the Big Picture Conference in Peking University, China NOW Conference in Ullens Center, among others. Since 1985, he has served as a guest lecturer for over 20 institutions in Australia, China, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, Norway, South Korea and Indonesia. He lives and works in Sydney, Australia, Songzhuang, China, and Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Education

1992-1994
MFA, UNSW College of Fine Arts, Sydney, Australia


1972-1976    
BA, Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, England, UK

Awards

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 
China Views, Hive Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Gamelan Landscapes, Lod Tundun Gallery, Bali, Indonesia

2016
Symphony of the City, Opposite House, Beijing, China
Urban Energies, HOF Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2015 
China Revisited, EAE Gallery, Leiden, Holland

2014 
Morphologies, EMG Gallery, Guangzhou, China

2013 
New China Paintings, Syndicate Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2013
Birdbali, Made Budhianna Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 

2011 
China Works, Art Atrium Gallery, Bondi Junction, Sydney, Australia
SLOT Gallery, Redfern, Sydney, Australia

2010
China Works, New Sun Art Museum, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China

2006 
Soundscapes, Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia
 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018  
Discrete Form , X-HuA Gallery, Berlin, 
Atlas-Axis (with Sylvia Kummer), Shoenheit Gallery, Vienna, Austria


2017 
Perahu, Kasihan Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia


2016 
Gallery Artists, Made Budhiana Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Works on Paper, TAKSU Galleries, Singapore


2015 
ArtJog, Perahu Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia    
2014 
New Vibrations, Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China


2013 
Works on Paper, Syndicate Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Stockholm AAF, Stockholm, Sweden
Transexpress, Grand Central, New York City, USA


2012 
AnOther Gallery, AAF Milan, and AAF, Rome, Italy
AnOther Gallery, Art, Helsinki, Finland
Artists’ Camp Exhibition, Villa Pandan Arum, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Centenary of Collage, ICCA, Fort Worth, Texas, USA


2011
ASAP, Amelie Gallery, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China
New Work, Taksu Gallery, Singapore
Art 3K, Art Atrium Gallery, Bondi, Sydney

2008 
Spirit of Place, Hong-Ik University, Seoul, South Korea


2007 
Inaugural exhibition, Sabaai Gallery, Sydney

2006
Intersections, Hong-Ik University, Seoul, South Korea


2003
Art on the Rocks, CBM Gallery, Sydney
Love Letter To China, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Paddington, Sydney


2001 
International Print exhibition, Barcelona, Spain
Six Artists, Arte Lido Gallery, Central Coast, NSW

2000
Sculpture Show, Defiance Gallery, Sydney

1998
8th Taiwan International Drawing Biennale, Taipei Art Gallery, Taiwan
20th International Print Exhibition, Kanagawa, Yokohama, Japan
Eight Artists, Galerie Thurn, Stuttgart, Germany
Blue, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
Tokyo International Print Triennale, Tama University, Tokyo, Japan

1997 
19th International Print Exhibition, Kanagawa, Yokohama, Japan
The Art Fair Murders, Contemporary Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


1996
11th Art International, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto
Biennale d'Art, Ville Marie, Quebec


1995  
Ironsides, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Outpost Event, XLV Biennale Di Venezia, Venice
Works on Paper, Australian Embassy, Singapore

1994  
Superfictions (with Peter Hill), Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
La Ville, Centro Di Cultura Contemporanea, Barcelona, Spain
Bet Your Life, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
La Ville, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France


1993  
Osaka International Triennale of Painting, Osaka, Japan
P & O Art Awards, National Maritime Museum, Sydney, Australia


1992
Gold Coast/Jupiters Casino Invitational, Surfers Paradise

1988/89
The Subjective City, touring to London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Birmingham
Nottingham, Norwich, Burnley, Salford and Folkestone

1987   
ROL Awards, St James, London (finalist)
Athena Art Awards, Barbican Centre, London (finalist)


Residencies

2016 
HOF/Surface Arts, Bangkok, Thailand


2013
Perahu Art Connection, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
China Residencies Project, Shanghai Bund, China 


2012 
Contemporary Yunnan, Kunming, Yunnan, China
Villa Pandan Harum, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia


1995
Bundanon Centre, Shoalhaven River, NSW, Australia

 

    Enigmatic Shapes

    Apr 14th 2018 to May 20th 2018, Beijing

    Discrete Form

    Dec 9th 2017 to Jan 13th 2018, Berlin