Robert Downing RCA Hamilton, ON, Canada 1935 - 2003 Statement by Robert "I am not so much interested in making images with the computer, as I am in exploring the kinds of images which the computer automatically produces. Clearly, I never seem to tire of the infinite variety of "mandala like" images this approach makes possible because I have worked in the style of the post modernist pattern and design movement since 1966. I first used the computer to assist in the making of a series of fine art prints: The I'Ching Series, in 1973." An established Canadian artist, Robert Downing primarily worked with digital / computer-generated art. A very prolific artist, his work has been shown in 77 exhibitions in 7 countries and he also completed 16 commissions in 3 countries. In 1969, he became the first Canadian artist with a solo exhibition in a major European public gallery, the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.
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A selected list of his SOLO EXHIBITIONS is as follows: 1996: THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, Toronto. ìBreathing The Songs Of Birds: 108 Computer Graphicsî 1992: ART GALLERY OF HAMILTON, Hamilton, Canada. 1981: COLLEGE PARK, Toronto. îLight Crystals: The Fibonacci Series of Sculpturesî 1978: LIBRARY & CULTURAL RESOURCES CENTER, Huntington Beach, CA. 1973: UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA, Edmonton. îPortions of The Cube Series: Sculptures & Reliefs 1972: ROBERT McLAUGHLIN GALLERY, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. 1971: GALLERY HOUSE SOL, Georgetown, Ontario, Canada. 1970: YORK UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY, Toronto, Ontario, Canada A selected list of his GROUP EXHIBITIONS is as follows: 1988: SINGAPORE SCIENCE CENTER, Singapore. 1986: NATIONAL GALLERY OF BOTSWANA, Gaborone, Botswana 1981: KOFFLER CENTER, Toronto. îSculpture Society of Canada Exhibitî 1979: AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE, Los Angeles. 1978: SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE, Washington, DC. îSculpture Today/Canadaî 1977: LONNY GANS GALLERY, Los Angeles. 1976: LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART, Long Beach, CA. 1973: CENTENNIAL GALLERY & LIBRARY, Oakville, Ontario. 1972: - ONTARIO SOCIETY OF ARTISTS, Toronto.100 Years Exhibition - MARLBOROUGH-GODARD GALLERY, Toronto & Montreal, Canada A selected list of his COMMISSIONED WORKS is as follows: 1988: SINGAPORE SCIENCE CENTER, Republic of Singapore: Life-size heads of Newton & Einstein. Chrome painted fiberglass-reinforced-polyester.î 1972: SHERATON CONVENTION CENTER, Toronto, Canada. îSet of six motion finished aluminum and acrylic modular wall Reliefs and one freestanding acrylic and carved aluminum sculpture.î 1971: UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. îOne multi colored acrylic and polished aluminum modular hanging sculpture. 1967: UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, MEDICAL SCIENCES BUILDING: Two precast concrete sculptured walls and one precast concrete mandala relief. The artistís works can also be found in the following PUBLIC COLLECTIONS: NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO ART GALLERY OF HAMILTON BAYCREST CENTER, TORONTO GLENHYRST ART GALLERY, BRANTFORD, ONTARIO SINGAPORE SCIENCE CENTER HART HOUSE GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL OF GREAT BRITAIN MONTREAL MUSEUM OF FINE ART GLENDON COLLEGE, TORONTO AGNES ETHERINGTON ART CENTER, QUEENS UNIVERSITY SCULPTURE SOCIETY OF CANADA CITY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTER SINGAPORE NATIONAL MUSEUM NORMAN McKENZIE GALLERY, ALBERTA YORK UNIVERSITY, TORONTO, CANADA UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO, ONTARIO SINGAPORE NATIONAL THEATER TRUST NATIONAL LIBRARY OF CANADA CANADIAN CONFEDERATION CENTER THE JAPAN FOUNDATION, TORONTO WHITNEY MUSEUM MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, TOKYO MUSEUM FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, BERLIN CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, PARIS STEDELIJK MUSEUM OF AMSTERDAM SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART KIASMA, MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, FINLAND MODERNA MUSEET, SWEDEN MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, SIDNEY, AUSTRALIA HARA MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, TOKYO LOS ANGELS COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART MUSEO DE ARTE MODERNA DO RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL MUSEO DE ARTE MODERNO MEXICO MUSEET FOR SAMTIDSKUNST, NORWAY ALBRIGHT-KNOX ART GALLERY, BUFFALO, NY