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her work—somewhere between historical painted portraits and Edward Gorey illustrations
Downie’s haunting style draws visual inspiration from Alex Katz, Elizabeth Peyton and Francesco Clemente
She does the most gorgeous paintings. Her portraiture is often naive in execution but has a depth and engaging sense to it.
She has some of my sensibility, the creativity and uniqueness she has injected into her illustration has touched me. The moment I saw her works on Instagram I was totally obsessed.
Alessandro Michele - Creative Director | Gucci
Unskilled Worker is one of Generation Instagram’s most in-demand artists...
Downie’s paintings depict fantastical scenes; she draws references from Tudor and Renaissance imagery, lending a lavishness to her characters so that they both dominate the canvas and appear simultaneously confined within their frames.
Found at the intersection of the dream and the definite, undoubtedly, there’s a magnetic quality to Downie’s pieces. There’s also a beautiful darkness behind her vibrant inks. Expect a melee of ethereality, innocence, inherent flow and instinct that all come together in a spectacular fashion to influence and form her work.