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NEWS: The Art Shop - Christchurch
• Liam is now a feature artist at the newest gallery in town
• Something exciting is stirring at Eden Park - watch this space
UPCOMING: Art Battle NZ
25th Sept 2022 : @ Christchurch Town Hall - & LIAM IS COMPETING!
12 artists, 3 rounds, 1 winner - CLICK HERE for tickets
UPCOMING: The Christchurch Art Show 2023
17 - 19 March 2023 : @ Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre
2021 & 2022: Art In The Park
Liam was excited to be one of the 100 established artists invited to the inaugural Art In The Park event at Eden Park stadium in Auckland, and again this year. He created a collection of new works unveiled for the first time at bot shows.
The event was a HUGE success and has quickly become a 'must do' on the NZ art calendar; creativity in abundance at such an amazing and iconic venue. Super proud to part of NZ history!
from Titirangi to China . . . with love
Liam was invited to represent NZ at the 8th Beijing International Art Biennale (BIAB) at the National Art Museum of China. The multi-cultural exhibition then toured across China, before being cancelled post pandemic.
With a theme of "A colorful world and a shared future", New Zealand are 1 of the 6 featured countries. The show covers paintings, prints, watercolors, sketches, sculptures, installations, images and videos.
Liam was invited to include 2 featured paint works of contrasting themes:
'RANGITOTO SUNRISE' & 'CASH COW'
OPEN STUDIOS WAITAKERE
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November
Studio visit & live demonstrations
Liam is a regular participant of the Open Studios Waitakere art tour and can be visited in his studio in Laingholm, nr Titirangi in Auckland. The event is held annually in November. Liam and Tammy invite you to join them for a scone and tea, explore their kauri garden, get creative with a shared canvas and check out Liam's artwork, talk about his inspirations, technique and passion for making marks. Studio visits and art classes available year round by appointment.
Previous interviews and garden/studio pics can be viewed here :
Express yourself - by Liam Downes
Life is about the moment. We are free to express ourselves. Making our mark helps us to find our place within the moment. The trick is to stay there.
Liam studied at the London Institute and Brighton College of Art and Design in the UK. He packed his paint brush and moved to New Zealand in 2001, wasting no time exhibiting his new works across Auckland and even running his own high street art gallery. He continues to find inspiration around most corners of New Zealand, Auckland becoming his spiritual home; ‘The clash of mother nature and feats of man-made engineering - Rangitoto sleeps as the Sky Tower looms.' Liam's commentary through opposing land and city scapes dominate, figure painting 'just for the love of it' and throw in the odd statement for good measure, and draw influence from a background in graphics and typography, embracing the battle between structure and abandon.
Liam enjoyed his first 3 years on the idyllic island of Waiheke before experiencing city life under the imposing gaze of the Sky Tower. He escaped its clutches and surrounds himself with giant kauri in his idyllic garden studio in Laingholm, nr Titirangi - and 'wouldn't swap it for the world.’
You can find Liams' work represented at the Auckland International Gallery in Epson and Art by the Sea Gallery in Devonport, as well as online at Saatchiart.com - or contact the artist direct. Studio visits by appointment.
Limited edition prints available for selected works.
Call Liam on +64 224 743 404