Welcome to the web site of artist and Illustrator Chris Down. That’ll be me then. Here you will find examples of the different forms of art I have produced over the last 20 years. Some of which appear in the more than 50 books I have illustrated over that time. At the beginning, I focused on Celtic Art and there are still many examples here. My current work is often classified as fantasy art. I like to think it as portrait painting. Even if the portrait should be of a fairy, mermaid or dragon. There are plenty of other genres in here including Gothic art and Steampunk art. I like to investigate different directions to the art. Over the course of the year, I appear at a number of festivals and events selling my art direct. A variety of prints are available in my companion shop web site linked to in the main menu.
A recent portrait of my friend Esther Winkles who with her husband Martin have a company Triba Mythica and they make the costume she is wearing. Prints of this will be available for the first time at the Exhibition of Mythic Arts and Crafts held … Continue readingEsther
When attending events with my stall, I like to be able to have time to also take photographs. This one was taking during an evening fire show at the 3 Wishes Festival in Cornwall over the summer solstice weekend this year.
A slight diversion for me as I mostly paint figurative portraits. So to do a steampunk unicorn made a novel change. Maybe there will be more of that to come. You never know. This started life as a tattoo commission and took on a life … Continue readingMetalmorphosis
On 21st June 2018 the debut EP from Daligan was released. This is a collaboration between myself and fellow artist Laura Daligan. The release is available on Bandcamp as both a CD and digital download. Front and rear cover photos for the EP taken by … Continue readingDebut EP Released
The weekend of 29th and 30th September 2018 sees the 6th Exhibition of Mythic Arts and Crafts in The Assembly Rooms. Glastonbury. There will be six artists attending this year, myself, Melanie Brear, Laura Daligan, Alexandra Dawe, Tamara Newman and Katrina Sesum. I have been … Continue readingEMAC 2018
It has been a long time coming, but I finally have a completely a new web site. I created my original web site some 20 odd years ago and that required a lot of learning HTML and writing code. A fairly onerous task. Over the … Continue readingNew Web Site