About Holly Downing

Photograph by Jim Hair 1973

Photograph by Jim Hair 1973

Holly Downing is a painter and printmaker who has been making mezzotint engravings since the 1970s. She studied painting and printmaking at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Royal College of Art, London. She lived in the UK for 6 years where she received a National Endowment to research and make mezzotints. Her paintings and mezzotints have been exhibited in solo exhibitions in London, Edinburgh, Manila, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Cruz and Berkeley. Her work is in many museum collections including the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, Victoria and Albert Museum, Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum and the Bibliotheque Nationale.

Images of Holly Downing's work are included in The Mezzotint, History and Technique; by Carol Wax; Abrams; N.Y. 1990; Holly Downing, Twenty-five Years of Mezzotints 2001; Penumbrae: Holly Downing, Mezzotints and Paintings, Fresno Art Museum, California, 2010.

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