I approach my personal narrative as an archaeologist examines a past civilization. My experiences, and the collective experiences of my peers, make up a rich and problematic culture, unique by its regional and generational influences. I combine hillbilly and punk cultural references, sometimes tainted by gore, violence, and neuroses in a way that tries to add humor to uncomfortable topics.
David Downs is an inter-disciplinary artist born in 1978 in St. Louis, Missouri. Currently he works in Chicago, Illinois. Since 2005 his work has been exhibited in South Bend Museum of Art, Las Manos Gallery, and Baby Blue Gallery. David is a recipient of the Chicago Artist Assistance Program Grant (2010), and a resident artist at Spudnik Press (2016). His work has also been featured in Barbed, Average Art, and WERKS magazines.