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Getting Ready
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Date Night with the Pharaohs | 3 Plate Monotype | 19x23.5” image area 23x28” sheet size | Oil on Japanese Paper | 2014

"Getting Ready" is a new series of work that I have just started. When I was a kid the only artwork that we had in our house were original woodblock prints from Uchida Publishing that my dad bought while in Japan in the 50’s during the Korean War. My dad for some very cool reason bought a bunch of them and they hung all over the house. I remember as a child my dad telling me that Japan looked exactly like our prints when he was there and that is why he bought so many of the iconic images. I loved growing up with the prints and have some of them today in our own home.

 

This new suite of work has been inspired by Mary Cassatt through her wonderful print, “The Coiffure”. Her piece depicts a woman in a private moment, as she pins her hair. Cassatt was influenced by a woodblock print by ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kunisada that she saw in an exhibition and in response made her master print. I absolutely love the work from these artists and who can deny the influence that this work has had on modern art and illustration?

 

In my fantasy pictures I am imagining what it might look like to see a “Coiffure” scene during some of my favorite time periods in art and history. 

Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865) - Mary Cassatt "The Coiffure" 1890
A Night Out with the Maya’s | 3 Plate Monotype | 19x23.5” image area 23x28” sheet size | Oil on Japanese Paper | 2014
Getting Ready in the house of Daedalus | 3 Plate Monotype | 19x23.5” image area 23x28” sheet size | Oil on Japanese Paper | 2014
Getting Ready in the house of Daedalus | Detail and actual size
 
 
All images | Richard Downs © 2014
Bigger & Color
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The Conversation #129 | Monotype | 12x15" image area 17x20" sheet size | Oil on Japanese Paper & Spray Enamel | 2014 

Here are some new pieces that I made. It has been suggested by the galleries that I am working with to work bigger and to introduce color into my Monotypes. Nothing wrong with getting a little nudge out of the comfort zone. The biggest challenge has been to find a large paper that matched the quality of the paper that I have been using for 25 years and I am still looking. Funny thing to realize that I haven’t made a paper or size change in 25 years.

Couple #293 | Monotype | 19x23.5” image area 23x28” sheet size | Oil on Japanese Paper | 2014
Couple #292 | Monotype | 19x23.5” image area 23x28” sheet size | Oil on Japanese Paper | 2014
Couple #294 | Monotype | 19x23.5” image area 23x28” sheet size | Oil on Japanese Paper | 2014
The Conversation #133 | Monotype | 12x15" image area 17x20" sheet size | Oil on Japanese Paper & Spray Enamel | 2014 
The Conversation #130 | Monotype | 12x15" image area 17x20" sheet size | Oil on Japanese Paper | 2014
 
All images | Richard Downs © 2014
Wonder Woman
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Wonder Woman | Monotype with spray enamel | 12" x 15" image | 2014

Are you wondering who will be playing Wonder Woman in the upcoming DC cinematic universe release? Here she is! 

 

 

 

 
All images | Richard Downs © 2014
Xotie
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Xotie | Monotype | 12" x 15" | 2014

A year or so ago we had the complete fun of caring for a miniature donkey for a few months. His name was Cisco but I called him Johnny and he was hilarious.  When he saw me he would pump up his bellows and let out a hee-haw that would start with a blast of enthusiasm and then drag on and on and end with a sad groan.  He always got a carrot for his little performance. After Johnny moved to his permanent home over the hill I could still hear him busking for a carrot.

 

I find a lot of artistic joy when I get the opportunity to draw a family pet. My regular drawing style gets tossed out on a pet portrait and my main goal becomes expressing that pet not in facsimile but with as much accuracy as I can muster. 

 

I created this Monotype for one of my clients of her beloved miniature donkey, Xotie. He gets his name from Don Quixote! I was told some stories about Xotie and he sounded like a really nice guy with a hee-haw that could easilly match Johnnies. 

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