Mother Father

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An image of my mother and father before I was born. I don’t have memories of them being together so, for me this is a record of a rare time I missed out on.

The painting is made of pigment crushed into wet oil paint. It’s surface is still active and vulnerable to touch. It must be handled carefully.

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

December 27, 2021

David Downs’ "Mother Father" is a touching work with universal resonance and mysterious shrouded beauty. Deeply personal and heartfelt, the painting captures and commemorates the artist's parents before their separation and his birth. Downs paints it from a memory he does not have, or, more precisely, he creates a memory. He has no recollection of his parents being together and the work acts as a monument to an idealized past and a fantasy of a childhood he never had. "Mother Father" is relatable and evocative to so many of us who grew up in divorced and divided homes. We yearn for the unity we never experienced and the shadows of it emerge from our minds and peer through clouds of time and circumstance, just like Downs’ parents partially emerge from the red haze.

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David Downs
David Downs Creator

December 27, 2021

Thank you for this great and thoughtful review, John! I really appreciate you taking the time to look at my work!

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David Downs
Portrait, Photorealist
Painting - Unframed
Oil, Canvas
24.00 inches wide
30.00 inches tall
0.50 inches deep
2.00 lbs
Chicago, IL, US