An exhibition of drawings and paintings by area artist Paul Downie will be on display from March 4 to 29, 2015 at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore. The public is invited to the artist’s reception, which will include live music performed by the artist and friends, on Friday March 6 from 6 to 8 pm. The reception and the exhibit are both free and open to the public.
The exhibit, entitled “Many Lives”, presents the work of Mr. Downie, a Wynnewood artist, musician, educator and arts administrator who, in addition to his ongoing artistic work, currently serves as the Executive Director at the Community Art Center in Wallingford. He describes his work as being of the visionary and intuitive style, “with a focus on sacred geometry and the intuitive depiction of energy.” He lists his primary artistic influences as Indian and Ethiopian painting styles, as well as the work of other contemporary urban, visionary and intuitive artists.
Of his approach to art, Mr. Downie states that he “seeks to depict the mystical world that constantly surrounds us, but that we rarely choose to acknowledge. [The goal is] to make tangible the things that appear in the mind’s eye as a part of universal experience. “
In addition to creating studio art, Mr. Downie is a muralist and since 2005 has painted over 30 murals in Philadelphia, as part of the Mural Arts Program, and in Chester. He earned an M.Ed. from Tyler School of Art, where he has been an adjunct instructor; he has also served as an adjunct instructor at Delaware County Community College. Prior to becoming the Executive Director at the Community Arts Center, he served there as the Program Director for 2 years. He lives in Wynnewood with his wife and daughter.
More examples of his work can be found on his website, www.eyeineye.com.