Holly Downing (American, b. 1948)

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 grant 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, the New York Public Library, the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Cruz, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the 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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