Urban Perspectives

Artist David Downes will be exhibiting over 14 drawings and paintings, including new works, at LSE in November 2006.

David completed an MA at the Royal College of Art in communication design in 1996 and has since worked on a range of projects, from landscapes and drawings to a major commission for the BBC. In September 1999 he set out to record the BBC's most important architecture at the turn of the century. In June 2000 he became artist in-residence to BBC Heritage.

In 2000 David's life and career were the subject of a book written by Shelia Paine titled Artists Emerging, which explores the mysteries of drawing fluency through the work of seven artists.

He said: 'My work focuses on the juxtaposition of history and modernity in London, graveyards lie next to modern offices, aging churches stand in built up areas. I often paint my scenes of London from an aerial position, imagining the way the landscape would look when viewed from that angle. In this way my work is a meeting of realism and imagination. I am very focussed and can capture architecture and urban-scapes in vivid detail.

The show was organised through the LSE Arts Advisory Group with the support of Goldman Sachs, the National Autistic Society, and Prospects, the employment arm of the National Autistic Society.

To find out more about David's work, see http://www.daviddownes.co.uk/|

The show opens in the Atrium, Student Services Centre, Old Building, on 14 November and runs until 14 December.

This exhibition was made possible through the Arts Advisory Group at LSE. For more about arts, music and cultural events at the School, and past exhibitions, see the Arts and Music| website.

Urban Perspectives is on public view in the Atrium, Student Services Centre, Old Building, LSE, London WC2A 2AE, from 14 November to 14 December 2006.