Lucien Downes

LUCIEN DOWNES is a Caribbean born artist and curator, whose work demonstrates freedom of thought and expression through mixed media. His ancestry of Trinidadian, Bajan and Crucian roots brings forward a culturally rich consciousness which emanates in his art.

 

Mr. Downes always had an affinity for art and photography, but did not take any steps towards creating until his tenure as general manager of Pearl Paint Atlanta, GA. As the GM, he was given many vendor samples of products which he used along with workshop, books, and critiques (from some of the top artist and teachers in the Atlanta area), to create 6 distinctive styles that he calls his own.  

Lucien’s work is composed of spiritual and worldly elements that function independently at times or merge to encompass a whole. His artwork is diverse, as he draws inspiration from daily life, spiritual themes, objects, moods, and movement, and his distinctive portrayals often provoke thought and emotion. Lucien utilizes resin, acrylic, fibers, raw pigments, plexiglass, inks, dyes, and occasionally found objects, to create depth and dimension within culturally themed pieces culturally themed pieces and depth within his pieces. His work brings a contemporary feel to everyday culturally significant subjects. 

 Mr. Downes career is in its 13th year and has not slowed down since selling his first painting six months after starting to teach himself how to paint. Mr. Downes believes that his ability to paint is a gift from the Creator and intends to use it for the upliftment of his culture and its people. Mr. Downe’s work has been highlighted in several publications, events, murals, and high-profile homes around the world.

 

His pieces are displayed in the homes of Maya Angelou, Teddy Riley, Jeff Johnson, The Honorable Governor Albert Bryan Jr. and other private collections around the world. 

ARTIST CREDITS

CURATIONS

Top Hat Gallery, St. Croix USVI:

“Late and the Great St. Croix” 2015

“Art St. Croix” 2015

“Art St. Croix 1&2” 2016 and 2017 “Crucian Contemporary” 2017 

Aqua Sounds Studio, St. Croix USVI:

“Musical Canvas”  2017

Caribbean Museum Center:

“New Blood (1,2,3,4)”

2017, 2018, 2019, 2021  

“The Coconut Fine Arts Exhibit” St. Croix, USVI 2021 

“Virgin Islands Contemporary” St. Thomas, USVI 2022  

PUBLIC WORKS

Atlanta Belt Line Project : Atlanta, GA

Frederiksted Mural Project : St. Croix USVI

Frederiksted Health Care Inc./Aids Billboard Project : Fredriksted, St. Croix USVI

The Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights Cultural Mural : Christiansted, St. Croix

I Love St. Croix Installation: 

Frederiksted, St Croix USVI

Downes’ painting, Phoenix Rising, was selected by the Textile Museum of Canada to represent the USVI in their project WATERCOLOUR. 

(This project included designs from artists originating in Pan American countries to create a flotilla of customized sails which could navigate Lake Ontario’s shoreline, from Oshawa to Welland, as part of the TORONTO 2015 Pan American Games)

EXHIBITS

" Visions " 2010

Sam Flax Art & Design Atlanta, GA 

" Ascension " 2011

GA Perimeter College Atlanta, GA 

 "Fazes" 2012

Atlanta Foundation for Public Space Atlanta, GA

“Elements of Culture” 

Walsh Metal Works St. Croix USVI 2015

“ New Blood 1, 2 , 3 & 4 ” &

“Virgin Islands Contemporary”

Caribbean Museum Ctr 4 the Arts 2017-2021

& Cane Roots Gallery St. Croix USVI 2022

The Coconut Fine Arts Exhibit”

St. Croix USVI 2021

“ New Blood 5 ”

Fort Christian, St. Thomas USVI 2022

“Virgin Islands Contemporary”

Fort Christian, St. Thomas USVI 2022 &

Cane Roots Gallery St. Croix USVI 2022

Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport 

Atlanta, GA 2011

The Alliance Theater for the Arts

Atlanta, GA 2011

The Caribbean Fine Arts Exhibit

St. Croix  USVI 2009-2014

The Caribbean Colour Exhibit

St. Thomas USVI 2013-2016

81C, St. Thomas USVI 2021

Bajo El Sol , St. John USVI 2021