Celebrating a Canadian Artist

Robert Downing  RCA
Hamilton, ON, Canada 1935 - 2003

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I met this outstanding Canadian Artist in the Artist Den in New Mexico in 1998 on the Internet .

We were the only Canadian digital artists in that popular place for computer literate artists
and we could not miss each other.

I was as impressed with his computer fine art, as I was with his sculpture,
which I was able to see on his home page.

As a  proud owner of some of his works including his CD "Purusha",
I have made this page for "Idea" in Memory of a true friend .

Ansgard Thomson (2004)

Statement by Robert

" I am not so much interested in making images with the computer, as I am in
exploring the kinds of images which the computer automatically produces.
Clearly, I never seem to tire of the infinite variety of "mandala like"
images this approach makes possible because I have worked in the style of
the post modernist pattern and design movement since 1966. I first used the
computer to assist in the making of a series of fine art prints: The I'Ching
Series, in 1973."

An established Canadian artist, Robert Downing primarily worked with digital / computer-generated art. A very prolific artist, his work has been shown in 77 exhibitions in 7 countries and he also completed 16 commissions in 3 countries. In 1969, he became the first Canadian artist with a solo exhibition in a major European public gallery, the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.

A selected list of his SOLO EXHIBITIONS is as follows:

1996: THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, Toronto. ìBreathing The Songs Of Birds: 108 Computer Graphicsî

1992: ART GALLERY OF HAMILTON, Hamilton, Canada.

1981: COLLEGE PARK, Toronto. îLight Crystals: The Fibonacci Series of Sculpturesî

1978: LIBRARY & CULTURAL RESOURCES CENTER, Huntington Beach, CA.

1973: UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA, Edmonton. îPortions of The Cube Series: Sculptures & Reliefs

1972: ROBERT McLAUGHLIN GALLERY, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

1971: GALLERY HOUSE SOL, Georgetown, Ontario, Canada.

1970: YORK UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A selected list of his GROUP EXHIBITIONS is as follows:

1988: SINGAPORE SCIENCE CENTER, Singapore.

1986: NATIONAL GALLERY OF BOTSWANA, Gaborone, Botswana

1981: KOFFLER CENTER, Toronto. îSculpture Society of Canada Exhibitî

1979: AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE, Los Angeles.

1978: SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE, Washington, DC. îSculpture Today/Canadaî

1977: LONNY GANS GALLERY, Los Angeles.

1976: LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART, Long Beach, CA.

1973: CENTENNIAL GALLERY & LIBRARY, Oakville, Ontario.

1972: - ONTARIO SOCIETY OF ARTISTS, Toronto.100 Years Exhibition - MARLBOROUGH-GODARD GALLERY, Toronto & Montreal, Canada

A selected list of his COMMISSIONED WORKS is as follows:

1988: SINGAPORE SCIENCE CENTER, Republic of Singapore: Life-size heads of Newton & Einstein. Chrome painted fiberglass-reinforced-polyester.î

1972: SHERATON CONVENTION CENTER, Toronto, Canada. îSet of six motion finished aluminum and acrylic modular wall Reliefs and one freestanding acrylic and carved aluminum sculpture.î

1971: UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. îOne multi colored acrylic and polished aluminum modular hanging sculpture.

1967: UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, MEDICAL SCIENCES BUILDING: Two precast concrete sculptured walls and one precast concrete mandala relief.

The artistís works can also be found in the following PUBLIC COLLECTIONS:

NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA
ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO
ART GALLERY OF HAMILTON
BAYCREST CENTER, TORONTO
GLENHYRST ART GALLERY, BRANTFORD, ONTARIO
SINGAPORE SCIENCE CENTER
HART HOUSE GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO
ARTS COUNCIL OF GREAT BRITAIN
MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ART
GLENDON COLLEGE, TORONTO
AGNES ETHERINGTON ART CENTER, QUEENS UNIVERSITY
SCULPTURE SOCIETY OF CANADA
CITY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA
UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN
ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTER
SINGAPORE NATIONAL MUSEUM
NORMAN McKENZIE GALLERY, ALBERTA
YORK UNIVERSITY, TORONTO, CANADA
UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO, ONTARIO
SINGAPORE NATIONAL THEATER TRUST
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF CANADA
CANADIAN CONFEDERATION CENTER
THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, TORONTO
WHITNEY MUSEUM
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, TOKYO
MUSEUM FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, BERLIN
CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, PARIS
STEDELIJK MUSEUM OF AMSTERDAM
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
KIASMA, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, FINLAND
MODERNA MUSEET, SWEDEN
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, SIDNEY, AUSTRALIA
HARA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, TOKYO
LOS ANGELS COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
MUSEO DE ARTE MODERNA DO RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
MUSEO DE ARTE MODERNO MEXICO
MUSEET FOR SAMTIDSKUNST, NORWAY
ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY, BUFFALO, NY

In addition to his prolific career as an artist, Robert Downing lectured at several prestigious universities and art schools in North America and has been featured in various international publications.

prints on sale at this location below

http://www.picassomio.com