Mr. Downey titled and dated his painting on verso.
|About the Artist||"Born in St. Louis in 1941, Dennis Downey identified as an artist from a young age. Downey earned a scholarship to study art at UCLA upon graduating high school. Both Downey's father and grandfather were physicians, however, and when it was time for college, Downey studied dentistry, setting up a practice in Santa Fe in the early 1970s. One of his first patients was landscape painter Eric Sloane, who encouraged Downey to paint, and with whom he later studied. Other patients-turned-mentors included Robert Lougheed, Tom Lovell, and Wayne Wolfe.
Dennis Downey ran a successful fine art gallery on Canyon Road for 25 years before closing in 2011. More than anything, Downey considers himself a colorist, a designation that is conveyed in a number of the works on display. When he recently donated a large painting for permanent display at the train station, Mayor Javier Gonzales designated Oct. 12 as "Dennis Downey Day" in his honor. Downey's new exhibition, The Corazón de Santa Fe, is the artist's first solo show in roughly a decade. The cohesive presentation of oil paintings, taken altogether, demonstrates a classical treatment of material and subject matter." taken from AskArt.com
Permanent collections including Downey's work are: New Mexico Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe, NM; the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin, Ireland and the Albuquerque Museum of Arts in New Mexico . Downey was featured in the June 1995 issue of Southwest Art magazine.
|Style||Nostalgic Southwestern scene|
|Medium||Oil on Crescent Illustration board|
|Sight size||6 1/4" height X 8 1/2" width|
|Frame||Fabric-wrapped liner, gold finished wood molding|
|Frame size||12 1/8" height X 14 1/3" width|
|Signed||"D.D." at viewer's lower left, on verso "Dennis Downey"|
|Date of creation||1985|
|Condition||Excellent, as appeared framed.|