Philip Downs

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My Artwork is an amalgamation of very eclectic influences - the paintings of
Peter Breughel and Charles Burns, the films of Hal Hartley and Guy Maddin,
the music of Robyn Hitchcock and The Residents, and the poetry of John
Betjeman.
I am fascinated by the juxtaposition of different Historical Ages and
Cultures, producing ideas that are decorative, surreal and theatrical.
A lot of my recent work focusses on characters that are noble, troubled and
eccentric - illustrations for unwritten stories.
Philip Downs is a freelance Illustrator living and working in Leicester,
where he trained at the Poly and graduated in 1992. Clients include the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Beware the Cat music magazine, Zorb Promotions, Everards Breweries, and various Tourist
Boards throughout the U.K. I've also been a Historical Model Maker for
Stafford Museum and Worcester Cathedral, and been awarded a 'Year of the Artist' Residency for 2001.However, my preferred personal artwork, seen here, is a result of my strong responses to the surreality of everyday life. images ©copyright Philip Downs 820