Rackstraw Downes

Born 1939
Hometown Kent, England
Lives and Works New York, NY
Education
MFA, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1964
BA, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, 1961

Rackstraw Downes is a realist painter and author. His oil paintings are notable for their meticulous detail, depiction of industry and the environment, and elongated compositions with complex perspective. Devoid of narrative, politics or nostalgia, Downes locks the viewer into the full view, both in detail and scope, and then rivets the location to a specific time. Downes lives and works in New York.

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Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

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