Michael Downs CV

Michael Downs

Born in Skipton, England, 1953
Lives and works in Sydney, Beijing and Bali

Michael Downs
Mixed media on paper, 2020


Born Skipton, England. December 26th 1953
B.A. (Hons), Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, England, 1972-76
M.F.A. (Hons) First Class, UNSW College of Fine Arts, Sydney, Australia, 1992-94
Living and working in Sydney, Australia 1991-2010
Living and working in Yogyakarta, Berlin and Songzhuang 2010-2018

Fifty-three solo/two person shows in twelve countries between 1977 and 2019 including:

2018    Enigmatic Forms, XC Hua Gallery, Caochangdi, Beijing, China
2017    China Views, Hive Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2017    Gamelan Landscapes, Lod Tunduh Gallery, Bali, Indonesia
2016    Symphony of the City, Opposite House, Beijing, China
2016    Counterpoints, Travelling Gallery, Songzhuang, Beijing, China
2016    Urban Energies, HOF Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
2016    Pieces of China, James and Hooch/Surge Gallery, Beijing, China
2016    New Beijing Paintings, Austcham Gallery, Beijing, China
2015    Defragmenting China, Matthais Kuper Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
2015    China Revisited, EAE Gallery, Leiden, Holland
2014    Michael Downs: Reshaping China, Matthias Kuper Gallery, Beijing, China
2014    Morphologies, EMG Gallery, Guangzhou, China
2013    New China Paintings, Syndicate Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2013    Birdbali, Made Budhianna Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
2012    Michael Downs, Contemporary Yunnan, Kunming, Yunnan, China
2011    China Works, Art Atrium Gallery, Bondi Junction, Sydney, Australia
2011    Visions of Beijing, SLOT Gallery, Redfern, Sydney, Australia
2010    Michael Downs and Wang Qienwen, New Sun Art Museum, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China

Over 300 group/mixed shows in twenty-five countries between 1976 and 2019 including;

2019    Platter, Live in Art Gallery, Sydney
2019    Dewartina International Triennale, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2018    Positions Art Fair, Berlin, with XCHua Gallery, Berlin and Beijing
2018    Summer Show, Matthias Kuper Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany
2017    Four Artists, XC Hua Gallery, Potsdammerstrasse, Berlin, Germany
2017    New Paintings, Klosterstrasse Studios, Berlin, Germany
2017    Perahu, Kasihan Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2017    Bali Artists, Made Budhiana Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
2016    Splurge, Redgate Gallery, Beijing, China
2016    Gallery Artists, Made Budhiana Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
2016    Works on Paper, TAKSU Galleries, Singapore
2015    Group show, Traveling Gallery, Lama Temple, Beijing, China
2015    Group show, Fire Art, Jing Mi, Beijing, China
2015    ArtJog, Perahu Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2014    New Vibrations, Museum of Contemporary Art, Songzhuang, Beijing, China
2013/14 Songzhuang Arts Festival, Songzhuang, Beijing, China
2013    Works on Paper, Syndicate Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2013    Art Koln, Cologne, Germany
2013    Art Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
2013    Stockholm AAF, Stockholm, Sweden
2013    Transexpress, Grand Central, New York City, USA
2013    China Residencies Project, Shanghai Bund, China
2012    AnOther Gallery, AAF Milan, and AAF, Rome, Italy
2012    Transexpress, Beijing to Ulaan Bator travelling show. China/Mongolia
2012    AnOther Gallery, Art, Helsinki, Finland
2012    Artists’ Camp Exhibition, Villa Pandan Arum, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
2012    Artists’ Camp Exhibition, EAE Gallery, Leiden, Netherlands
2012    Centenary of Collage, ICCA, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
2011    ASAP, Amelie Gallery, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China
2011    New Work, Taksu Gallery, Singapore
2011    Redgate Artists, Bei Gao Studios, Beijing, China
2011    Art 3K, Art Atrium Gallery, Bondi, Sydney
2011    Small Paintings, Linden Contemporary Art Gallery, Melbourne
2011    Premium Red, Redgate Show, Feijiecun, Beijing, China
2010    Redgate Artists, Bei Gao Studios, Beijing, China
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
2003    Love Letter To China, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Paddington, Sydney
2003    International Drawing Exhibition, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Beijing, China
2001    International Print exhibition, Barcelona, Spain
2001    Six Artists, Arte Lido Gallery, Central Coast, NSW
2000    Sculpture Show, Defiance Gallery, Sydney
1998    8th Taiwan International Drawing Biennale, Taipei Art Gallery, Taiwan
1998    20th International Print Exhibition, Kanagawa, Yokohama, Japan
1998    Eight Artists, Galerie Thurn, Stuttgart, Germany
1998    Blue, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
1998    Tokyo International Print Triennale, Tama University, Tokyo, Japan
1997    19th International Print Exhibition, Kanagawa, Yokohama, Japan
1997    The Art Fair Murders, Contemporary Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
1996    11th Art International, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto
1996    Biennale d’Art, Ville Marie, Quebec
1995    International Print Show, Kanagawa, Yokohama
1995    Ironsides, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
1995    Outpost Event, XLV Biennale Di Venezia, Venice
1995    Works on Paper, Australian Embassy, Singapore
1994    Alice Prize Show, Alice Springs
1994    Superfictions (with Peter Hill), Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
1994    La Ville, Centro Di Cultura Contemporanea, Barcelona, Spain
1994    Bet Your Life, Annandale Galleries, Sydney
1994    La Ville, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
1993    Osaka International Triennale of Painting, Osaka, Japan
1993    UNSW University Art Prize, Sydney (first prize)
1993    P & O Art Awards, National Maritime Museum, Sydney
1992    Alice Prize Show, Alice Springs
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)
1987    Athena Art Awards, Barbican Centre, London (finalist)

Artist in residence/visiting artist (selected)

2018    Xingtai, Hebei, China
2017    Villa Pandan Harum, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
2017    Kusumaningrum Centre, Bogor, Java, Indonesia
2016    Opposite House, Sanlitun, Beijing, China
2016    HOF/Surface Arts, Bangkok, Thailand
2013    Visiting artist, RMIT Hong Kong Art School, Hong Kong
2013    Perahu Art Connection, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2012    Contemporary Yunnan, Kunming, Yunnan, China
2012    Villa Pandan Harum, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
2010    Visiting artist, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou, China
2010/11 Redgate Gallery, Beijing, China
1995    Bundanon Centre, Shoalhaven River, NSW, Australia
1990    Prahran School of Art, Victoria College, Melbourne, Australia
1982-1989 Resident artist in a theatre, a hospital, a museum and a monastery in the United Kingdom

Other recent international experience

2016-18 Multiple shaped wall commissions, Beijing, Bali and Melbourne
2017    Co-founder, Sedayu Studios, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2014    Principal Speaker, Big Picture Conference, Peking University, Beijing, China
2014    Panelist, China Now Conference, Ullens Center, 798, Beijing, China
2013/14 Merapi Volcano Project, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
2011    Participating Artist, International Artists’ Camp, Amed, East Bali, Indonesia
2010    International Advisor, Istanbul Student Triennial, Turkey
1985-2018 Visiting lecturer at twenty-five institutions in Australia, China, New Zealand, UK, USA, Norway, Hong Kong, Germany, Holland, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia