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Joseph (Joe) Dudley Downing (American, 1925–2007)
LOT ID: 80071
Untitled, ie. circa 1960

Watercolor, Gouache, on paper
11 х 15 in. (27.94 x 38.1 cm.)
Signed, lower right.
Lot description
Executed in watercolor and gouache on paper, this exquisitely colored work by artist Joseph Dudley Downing presents his iconic investigation into abstraction. Infusing a dynamic range of form and color into an expressive composition, this work on paper executed circa 1960 captures the artist’s distinctive approach and lyrical style he has since become renowned for in his painting.

The work of internationally renowned painter Joseph (Joe) Dudley Downing (1925-2007) has been recognized for its brilliant use of color and lyrical sense of abstraction. His work maintains a distinctive combination of media and technique, which, despite his international travels, was rooted in the cave designs and natural landscape of his native Kentucky. He painted on animal bones, leather, terra cotta roof tiles, wood and other materials as well. Downing moved to Paris following his graduation from the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL) in 1950and would remain there until his death in 2007. The artist had exhibited extensively throughout the world with shows in France, Sweden, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Germany, the United States, and numerous other countries.

Select Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC)
Musee d’Art Moderne (Paris, FR)
Speed Art Museum (Louisville, KY)

This work is unframed, but is affixed to a matting. The image itself measures 11 inches (vertical) by 15 inches (horizontal), and with the attached matting, it measures 19 by 23 inches.
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