Drawings of London
Exhibition from 10th - 23rd June 2016 at Highgate Gallery. Click here for further details
Richard Downer has been drawing for over 60 years. This site focuses on his work in London - especially the spectacular Panorama of London (1970-73) commissioned by the then GPO for what was to become the Post Office Tower - but also includes a small selection of his other work .
Richard trained at Leeds College of Art from 1949 to1953. National Service in the Royal Navy was followed by a ten-year period working in advertising as an art director. In 1966 he established Richard Downer Limited working as a design consultant and illustrator for over 40 years.
Richard's work has been seen by millions: he designed the BT telephone directories throughout the UK and illustrated them between 1967-1985.
More recently, working mainly in oils, he has been exploring the lifespan of trees and their regeneration into the fabric of life.
He was a Fellow of the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers and Fellow and past President of the Society of Typographic Designers. A comprehensive exhibition of his work was held at Leeds College of Art 2010.
He continues to draw and paint at his studio Inkerman Press in North London.