David Downes Commissioned by ITV

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ITV commissions artist David Downes to create a huge mural painting celebrating new period drama Sanditon.
David Downes Commissioned by ITV
Sanditon is a new series based on the final, unfinished work of novelist Jane Austen. The commissioned mural is due to be painted over five days live and on location in Bournemouth. Artist David Downes has been commissioned by ITV to create the work ahead of the new drama’s launch.

David Downes said: “I am a landscape painter and like to paint from my imagination, so when ITV gave me the chance to envisage the setting from an unfinished book by one of our greatest authors, I jumped at the opportunity. To work at this scale with one of our greatest national broadcasters is an incredible challenge and an honour. I have spent many years working on a large range of creative projects and Sanditon promises to take this to a new level for me.”

The new drama follows the story of Charlotte Heywood and her relationship with the charming Sidney Parker. Rose Williams and Theo James take the lead roles in the work, based on the unfinished novel cut short by the death of Austen in 1817.

David Downes will recreate the fictional setting of Sanditon in his vast 12-metre-wide painting, working at speed with the help of a crane.

Live painting will take place from August 25th to 30th 2019.