Monday, September 12, 2011

Solomon Dubnick Exhibition

New work now available at Solomon Dubnick Gallery

1021 R Street

Sacramento, CA 95811

Come by the show to see the group show of invited artists, including me,

Gary Dinnen, Eric Dahlin, Gregory Kondos, Gary Pruner,

John Tarahteeff and others.

Title: Hope Medium: Collage Size: 30" x 30"

Title: Glory Medium: Collage Size 30" x 30"

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Work Coming...

Yes!...All new pieces will be available at Sacramento's renown fine art gallery, the Solomon Dubnick Gallery for the September Group Show of Gallery Artists at our new and permanent location next to the Art Foundry and Fox and Goose Restaurant.

Here's a close-up photo of a tiny section of one of my new pieces...

what do you think it is?

Solomon Dubnick Gallery

1021 R Street

Sacramento CA 95811

Monday, August 15, 2011


This collage painting titled, Rider,

will be available for purchase at
THE MANHEIM GALLERY in Cottonwood Arizona
during the Thunder Valley Rally September 16 - 18th

724 Main Street
Cottonwood AZ

Friday, July 29, 2011

Another happy collector

...a medical office in Folsom CA...just installed a print of Iris Morning above the reception desk to go with my landscape collages in their waiting room. What do ya think?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

You're Invited...

Grand Opening Celebration
of Petroglyphe Gallery

Please come to the Grand Opening celebration of the Petroglyphe Gallery to check out the art of Northern California artists (including me), enjoy some wine, and tour this fabulous new gallery in historic Mokelumne Hill.

Saturday August 6, 2011
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Petroglyphe Gallery
8317 Main Street
Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245

Mokelumne Hill, commonly referred to as "Moke Hill" by locals, is a charming community rich with history. The town takes its name from the neighboring Mokelumne River, which is Miwok for the "people of Mokel." Once one of the richest gold mining towns in California, Mokelumne Hill was founded in 1848 by a group of Oregonians. By 1850 the town was one of the largest in the area, with its population reaching as high as 15,000 with people of all nationalities. By the 1860s the gold started to run out and the town's population diminished. The town today is a quiet place, with lots of tourism due to its historic status.

Fun Fact:From 1959-1977 Mokelumne Hill was home to Lucile S. Davidson, who was known as "The shoe lady of Mokelumne Hill." She was in The Stockton 'Record' and later in the Guinness Book Of World Records for having the largest privately owned glass shoe collection in the world!...hmmm maybe that's why my shoe paintings found a home at Petroglyphe Gallery...huh?

Monday, July 04, 2011

Sacramento Bee Article

Check out this cool article in the Sacramento Bee

Collage painting of State Capitol by Eileen Downes

The Sacramento Bee recently published an interesting article by staff writer, Max Ehrenfreund, titled: "Hold Still, Sacramento - Artists Use the City as a Source of Inspiration," reviewing the work of seven Sacramento area artists including me. Below is a short excerpt from the article. You can read the whole thing by clicking here:

...Viewed from a distance, Downes' collages look like paintings. But stand next to one and it will dissolve into misshapen bits of torn magazine paper. "I don't just read a magazine," she said. To her, a woman's brown hair on a slick page is the trunk of a tree. An advertisement for an alligator purse could be a scrap of bark. A line of text could become the reflection of a cloud on the surface of the American River, which she depicted in a series of collages....

...article by Max Ehrenfreund published by the Sacramento Bee, July 4th 2011.

Friday, June 24, 2011

"Stories Behind the Art"

...a personal, in-depth look

Title: "Sunset Over Lake Chapala" Medium: Collage Size 40"x100"

"Sunset Over Lake Chapala" is a custom commissioned collage diptych (meaning two pieces that go together) made for an art collector, Dorothy, who resides in Roseville CA. She wanted an art piece to celebrate the spectacular landscape near her vacation home in Lake Chapala, Mexico...and what a gorgeous area that is...let me tell you!

I thoroughly enjoyed talking with Dorothy in her home, listening to her stories, learning about her cherished memories and her adventures in Mexico. I learned that the area around the lake near Guadalajara is known for its "jaw-dropping, awe-inspiring" sunsets. I learned that the stars shine so brightly at night that your eyes can hardly believe what they are seeing. And I learned about heart-felt memories from a dear lady who was willing to share them with me, so I could have meaningful insight from which to create her piece of art...Gosh, I Love what I get to do!

"Story Board" showing different compositions from which Dorothy chose
the sunset sketch to be developed into her finished collage.

Beginning lay-out in progress in my studio.
To help me design the perfect piece for Dorothy, I took many photos of the interior of her beautiful home including photos of the furnishings, existing art, and the lovely oriental carpets - Look closely at the finished collage and you will find small, torn bits of photographs of the paisley scrolls from her oriental carpet hidden within the foliage.

Close-up of the sunset area of the collage painting revealing some
hidden words and imagery that hold special meaning to Dorothy.
Much of my art business involves custom work either for private or corporate clients, and I thoroughly enjoy the process! It is both challenging and rewarding for me to create such personal paintings for my collectors. I often use family photos, vacation maps, personal letters, and other such collage materials in my work. My clients enjoy the "seek and find elements" within my work especially when created just for them. Sometimes collectors even call me months after receiving their piece to tell me that they just discovered a hidden word within the layers of their collage painting...That always makes my day!

Art collector, Dorothy gazing upon her new collage painting, "Sunset Over Lake Chapala"
Collectors' stories and photos are shared only with their permission.
See my website for instructions on how to commission a custom painting for yourself here:

Friday, March 11, 2011

Solomon Dubnick Exhibition

"Collage Paintings"
by Eileen Downes

March 10 - March 31
Gallery hours Mon - Wed 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Second Saturday Reception March 12th 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Conversation with the Artist March 19th 12:00 noon

Here's some photos of the show...
Infinity Ring sculptures by Charles Sherman

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Solomon Dubnick Gallery Collage Show

March 10 - March 31, 2011
Collage Paintings by Eileen Downes
Solomon Dubnick Gallery

720 Rhodin Ln
Sacramento, CA 95811

Preview Thurs March 10th 5-8PM
Second Sat Reception March 12th 6-9PM
Art Chat March 19th 12 noon - 2PM

Join us for a great time viewing these new collage paintings.
Eileen will conduct a gallery talk on Sat March 19th called

Art Chat where she will give a short power-point presentation about her work, collage layering techniques, and inspiration.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Art Safari at Solomon Dubnick

Title: Courageous, Medium: Collage, Size: 24" x 30"
Join me and other area artists in supporting the Cheetah Conservation Fund, and the Sacramento Children's Clothes Closet, Saturday April 2nd 1:00- 5:00 PM at Sacramento's Solomon Dubnick Gallery. I am very honored to have been invited to participate in this event...I hope to see you there! I had so much fun making this collage painting titled, Courageous, specially for this exhibition.

Art Safari
April 2nd 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Solomon Dubnick Gallery
720 Rhodin Lane
Sacramento, CA 95811