COVID 19 Series of Paintings

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Locked down in his studio, the artist David Downes is creating a series of dramatic paintings in response to the virus.

David is painting one per day throughout isolation to reflect what he describes as “the biggest crisis and tragedy of our time” and will be making prints of these paintings available to buy.

COVID 19 Series of Paintings

The vibrant works depict a range of scenes featuring virus forms, which float in the sky like alien balloons. While some scenarios depict daily life in the time of the coronavirus, such as long queues at the supermarket, home isolation, and solo walks, others reveal the turmoil below the surface of our collective psyche. For example, the dystopian Where Once There Were Fields presents a field of occupied hospital beds, while the virus hovers ominously among the clouds.

“These paintings and illustrations, created in isolation, express my feelings about the biggest crisis and tragedy of our times. Time is now forced upon us. We have more time than ever before; time to reflect upon the valiant warriors of medicine, science, and politics, to open our hearts to the sick and the deceased and accept that sadly time is running out for many. My hope is that my art reflects a sense of reality and for humanity to head Mother Nature’s warning”.

David Downes, April 2020

Prints Available to Pre-Order below