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About Michael Downs


Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, England, 1972-76                         B.A. (Hons)

UNSW College of Fine Arts, Sydney, Australia, 1992-94                 M.F.A. (Hons) First Class

Living and working in Sydney, Australia 1991-2010

Living and working in Sydney, Bali, Yogyakarta, Berlin and Songzhuang 2010-2020

Solo and two person exhibitions planned in 2021/22;

 Sydney, Beijing, Shenzhen, Vienna, Singapore, Bogor and Batam.

Solo and two person shows


 Fifty-six solo/two person shows in twelve countries between 1977 and 2021including:


2021     Cityscapes, ARC Architectural Offices, Sydney, Australia

2020     The Urban Energies of China, Live in Art, Sydney, Australia

2019     Asian Urban Energies, Tiban Studios, Batam, Indonesia

2018     Enigmatic Forms, XCHua Gallery, Caochangdi, Beijing, China

2018     New Paintings, XCHua Gallery, Potsdamerstrasse, Berlin, Germany

2017     Gamelan Landscapes, Made Buddhiana Gallery, Bali, Indonesia

2016     Symphony of the City, Opposite House, Beijing, China

2016     Counterpoints, Travelling Gallery, Songzhuang, Beijing, China

2016     Urban Energies, HOF Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand

2016     Pieces of China, James and Hooch/Surge Gallery, Beijing, China

2016     New Beijing Paintings, Austcham Gallery, Beijing, China

2015     Defragmenting China, Matthais Kuper Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany

2015     China Revisited, EAE Gallery, Leiden, Holland

2014     Michael Downs: Reshaping China, Matthias Kuper Gallery, Beijing, China

2014     Morphologies, EMG Gallery, Guangzhou, China

2013     New China Paintings, Syndicate Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2013     Birdbali, Made Budhianna Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

2012     Contemporary Yunnan, Kunming, Yunnan, China 

2011     China Works, Art Atrium Gallery, Bondi Junction, Sydney, Australia

2011     SLOT Gallery, Redfern, Sydney, Australia

2010     China Works, New Sun Art Museum, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China

2006     Soundscapes, Seymour Centre, Sydney, Australia


Group/mixed shows


Over 300 group/mixed shows in twenty-five countries between 1976 and 2021 including;


2020    Art in A Time of Covid, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia

2020    International Art Online, Indigo gallery, Beijing, China

2020    International Art Show, Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide, Australia

2019    Platter, Live in Art Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2019    Summer Show, XCHua Gallery, Caochangdi, Beijing, China

2019    Bali Artists Show, Made Budhiana Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

2019    Chopsticks Group Show, Kyneton Stockroom, Kyneton, Victoria

2018     Berlin Art Show, Templehof, Berlin, Germany

2017     China Views, Hive Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2017     New Paintings, Klosterstrasse Studios, Berlin, Germany

2017     Perahu, Kasihan Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2017     Bali Artists, Made Budhiana Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

2016     Splurge, Redgate Gallery, Beijing, China

2016     Gallery Artists, Made Budhiana Gallery, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

2016     Works on Paper, TAKSU Galleries, Singapore

2015     Group show, Traveling Gallery, Lama Temple, Beijing, China

2015     Group show, Fire Art, Jing Mi, Beijing, China

2015     ArtJog, Perahu Gallery, Yogyakarta, Indonesia   

2014     New Vibrations, Museum of Contemporary Art, Songzhuang, Beijing, China

2013/14 Songzhuang Arts Festival, Songzhuang, Beijing, China

2013     Art Koln, Cologne, Germany

2013     Art Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

2013     Stockholm AAF, Stockholm, Sweden

2013     Transexpress, Grand Central, New York City, USA

2013     China Residencies Project, Shanghai Bund, China

2012     AnOther Gallery, AAF Milan, and AAF, Rome, Italy

2012     Transexpress, Beijing to Ulaan Bator travelling show. China/Mongolia

2012     Artists’ Camp Exhibition, Villa Pandan Arum, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

2012     Artists’ Camp Exhibition, EAE Gallery, Leiden, Netherlands

2012     Centenary of Collage, ICCA, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

2011     ASAP, Amelie Gallery, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China

2011     Redgate Artists, Bei Gao Studios, Beijing, China

2011     Art 3K, Art Atrium Gallery, Bondi, Sydney

2011     Small Paintings, Linden Contemporary Art Gallery, Melbourne

2011     Premium Red, Redgate Show, Feijiecun, Beijing, China

2010     Redgate Artists, Bei Gao Studios, Beijing, China

2008     Spirit of Place, Hong-Ik University, Seoul, South Korea

2007     Inaugural exhibition, Sabaai Gallery, Sydney

2006     Intersections, Hong-Ik University, Seoul, South Korea

2003     Art on the Rocks, CBM Gallery, Sydney

2003     Love Letter To China, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Paddington, Sydney

2003     International Drawing Exhibition, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Beijing, China

2001     International Print exhibition, Barcelona, Spain

2000     Sculpture Show, Defiance Gallery, Sydney

1998     8th Taiwan International Drawing Biennale, Taipei Art Gallery, Taiwan

1998     20th International Print Exhibition, Kanagawa, Yokohama, Japan

1998     Eight Artists, Galerie Thurn, Stuttgart, Germany

1998     Blue, Annandale Galleries, Sydney

1998     Tokyo International Print Triennale, Tama University, Tokyo, Japan

1997     19th International Print Exhibition, Kanagawa, Yokohama, Japan

1997     The Art Fair Murders, Contemporary Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

1996    11th Art International, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto

1996    Biennale d'Art, Ville Marie, Quebec

1995    International Print Show, Kanagawa, Yokohama

1995    Ironsides, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

1995    Outpost Event, XLV Biennale Di Venezia, Venice

1995    Works on Paper, Australian Embassy, Singapore

1994    Superfictions (with Peter Hill), Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney

1994    La Ville, Centro Di Cultura Contemporanea, Barcelona, Spain

1994    Bet Your Life, Annandale Galleries, Sydney

1994    La Ville, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

1993    Osaka International Triennale of Painting, Osaka, Japan

1993    UNSW University Art Prize, Sydney (first prize)

1993    P & O Art Awards, National Maritime Museum, Sydney

1992    Alice Prize Show, Alice Springs

1992    Gold Coast/Jupiters Casino Invitational, Surfers Paradise

1988/89 The Subjective City, touring to London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Birmingham

              Nottingham, Norwich, Burnley, Salford and Folkestone.

1987      ROL Awards, St James, London (finalist)

1987      Athena Art Awards, Barbican Centre, London (finalist)


Artist in residence (selected)


2022            Shangyuan Art Museum, Huairou, Beijing, China

2022            Jampang Arts Center, Bogor, Indonesia

2019/20       Live in Art Studios, Sydney, Australia

2018/19       Villa Pandan Harum, Lod Tunduh, Bali, Indonesia

2017            Klosterstrasse Studios, Berlin, Germany

2017            Jampang Art Center, Bogor, Java, Indonesia

2016            Purnati Arts Center, Sukawati, Bali, Indonesia

2016            Opposite House, Sanlitun, Beijing, China

2016            HOF/Surface Arts, Bangkok, Thailand

2013            Perahu Art Connection, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2012            Contemporary Yunnan, Kunming, Yunnan, China

2012/17            Villa Pandan Harum, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

2010/11       Redgate Gallery, Beijing, China

1995            Bundanon Centre, Shoalhaven River, NSW, Australia

1990            Prahran School of Art, Victoria College, Melbourne, Australia

1982-89      Resident artist in a theatre, a hospital, a museum and a monastery in the United



Other recent international experience


 2016-20    Shaped wall commissions, Beijing, Bali, Sydney and Melbourne

2017          Co-founder, Sedayu Studios, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2014          Principal Speaker, Big Picture Conference, Peking University, Beijing, China

2014          Panelist, China Now Conference, Ullens Center, 798, Beijing, China

2013/14     Merapi Volcano Project, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2012          Visiting artist, RMIT/Hong Kong Art School, Hong Kong

2011          Participating Artist, International Artists’ Camp, Amed, East Bali, Indonesia

2010          International Advisor, Istanbul Student Triennial, Turkey

2010          Visiting artist, Hangzhou University, Hangzhou, China

2004/6       Visiting artist, Hong Ik University, Seoul, South Korea

1985-2018 Visiting lecturer at twenty-five institutions in Australia, China, New Zealand, UK, USA, Norway, Hong Kong,                             Germany, Holland, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia

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