Saturday, December 06, 2008

Merry Christmas to all....

Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas Season.
Artist: Eileen Downes
Medium: Collage of torn magazine papers
Size: 18" x 24"

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Art at Women's and Children's Hospital

Artist: Eileen Downes
Title: Fun Day at the Park
Size: whole piece 20" x 60"

This is a very small part of the large commissioned piece that is going in the Roseville Kaiser Women's and Children's Hospital in Roseville, California. The piece is made from many layers of torn magazine papers; it is not painted. It shows a family of five: mom, dad, boy, two girls, and a dog.

Friday, August 08, 2008

This collage painting is now available at Pacific Grove Art Center Gallery, located in the lovely seaside community of Pacific Grove , California

Title: Playing Soccer

Medium: Collage

Size: 24" x 18"

Sept 5 - Oct 15, 2008
Pacific Grove Art Center
568 Lighthouse Ave
Pacific Grove, CA

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

National Biennial 2008

Title: Visions of Heaven No. 3
Medium: Collage
Size: 15" x 12"

I am pleased that my art from Visions Of Heaven Series was selected for the National Biennial 2008 at the Peninsula Fine Art Center in Newport News, Virginia. The juror is Mark Richard Leach, who is the director of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC. The show will include works from 87 artists from 17 states.

Here are the details of the exhibition:

National Biennial 2008
September 13 - November 2, 2008
Peninsula Fine Art Center
101 Museum Drive
Newport News VA

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

See the Paste-Up Show

Now you can see images on-line from the Paste-Up Invitational show currently on exhibition in Lowell, Massachusetts. Click to see the artwork from all of the invited artists including me. 25 artists were chosen for this interesting show from all over the world including Belgium and New York City. I'm sure you will notice the diversity and fine style of the techniques shown. It is a pleasure to have had my exhibition piece titled, Marriage Fruit, selected. It is a collage of found papers, acrylic paint, and tinted bees wax. It has a companion piece titled, The X-Man. I have included photos of both pieces here. I wish I could have been at the opening reception, but that would have been quite a long trip for me. Click to see photos of the opening reception.
Title: Marriage Fruit
Title: The X-Man

Monday, June 09, 2008

NMagazine Article

Artist: Eileen Downes
Title: Spring Peaches
Signed Limited Edition Giclee prints available

I'm happy to annouce that NMagazine has featured my artwork, Spring Peaches, on their June cover along with an accompanying article about my work. You can read the article on-line at

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

New Work

I just wanted to share some of my new pieces from the American River Series that will soon be a part of the public art collection at University of California, Davis, Medical Center located in Sacramento CA. I enjoyed making these pieces reflective of the American River Parkway in different seasons. I frequently walk along the bike trail or levee there and often take photographs from which to work later in my studio.

Seasons on the American River No. 1

Seasons on the American River No. 3

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I hope you get a chance to see my new collage paintings

Scenes from Hawaii Series

20th Street Art Gallery
911 20th Street
Sacramento CA 96814
(916) 930-0500

show starts June 11th - Jul 3
gallery hours Tues - Sat 12:00 - 5:00PM
Opening Reception Sat June 14th 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Thursday, April 24, 2008

"Oh My"....Bees in the studio!

Yes, that's right, there are bees in my studio.
It seems that with all this lovely spring weather we are having lately the honey bees have decided to make my studio chimney their new home. I started noticing one or two bees, then ten or so, and then soon there were hundreds of them flying around my studio. The "bee man" came to remove the hive (he will take it to a bee keeper) and spray an ecologically non-toxic repellent to discourage any future nesting there. He said it was a hive of about 12,000 bees, yep 12,000! Wow! Who knows, maybe my next series will be about Bee's. They are really quite interesting creatures. Funny thing is that I often use bee's wax in my collage paintings...if only I could have thought of a way to harvest the wax and keep the bees....

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

For Golfers

for golf enthusiasts....

This Artist Signed Limited Edition Giclee Print
titled, "Golfer"
is available for bidding
Monday, 5/19/08
at the Granite Bay Golf Club
The First Tee Invitational

9600 Golf Club Drive, Granite Bay, CA 95746

Saturday, February 23, 2008

What is Good Art?

So, What makes any one particular piece of art good? What makes one painting better than another? We could discuss all of the technical, compositional, asthetic components of art here (but that could easily be learned in Art School), but then we would miss out on the most important definition of good art. That would be the intensity of the emotional response the viewer has when observing a piece of art. The personal response is just that...personal. it is entirely subjective, and the very most influential reason a piece of art is good. It is also the very most influential reason a person buys a particular work of art. I tell my collectors, and customers for whom I make custom commissioned artwork to pay close attention to their first impression about the piece, their first reaction. If it is a reaction they want, then that is the piece of art for them.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Collage Paintings by Eileen Downes unveiled at Kaiser Grand Opening

Be sure to see Eileen's artwork in the Labor and Delivery floor at the
Kaiser Modesto Grand Opening Celebration
Coming in October 2008

Title: Un-Tied Shoes
from the collection of Kaiser Modesto
Medium: Collage
Size: 18" x 24"

Kaiser Hospital
4601 Dale Road
corner of Kierman and Dale
Modesto, California 95350

Modesto Kaiser Hospital

Friday, February 01, 2008

in Art Business News Magazine

Below is the information printed in Art Business News:
Issue Date: ABN - January 08, Posted On: 1/22/2008 ORIGINALS

“Carol’s Lucky Shoes” 20th STREET ART GALLERY announces the release of “Carol’s Lucky Shoes” by EILEEN DOWNES from her “Stepping-Up Series.” The original collage on paper is sized at 18 x 24 inches and comes matted and framed for a retail price of $450. This collage painting as well as others from the series are available at 20th Street Art Gallery. Call 916-930-0500; visit or for more information.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Signed Limited Edition Giclee Prints
by Eileen Downes
are now available at
the following locations:

Hang It Up Gallery
4359 Town Center Blvd. Ste 113
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
(916) 939-1845

Woman Made Gallery
685 N Milwaukee Blvd
Chicago IL 60622

2220 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 441-6536

5 Senses
2580 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 485-3450

Mellow Me Out (two locations)
1120 Fulton Ave Ste H
Sacramento, CA 95825
555 Capitol Mall, Ste 276
Sacramento, CA 95814

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

New Year

Well, It is already a new year, and I'm working on two commissioned pieces of artwork. One is a private commission, large landscape of the American River Parkway; it is developing nicely. The other consists of 11 pieces commissioned by Kaiser Modesto Hospital for their new labor and delivery wing. Here is a photo of one of the pieces for Kaiser.

Now I must get back to work.