Calvin Downie’s art takes you to a new punk place, contemporary with a political message: his art screams post-punk anarchy. A stark contrast to the humble young man behind the art.
A former model and occasional film and TV extra, his work is a mix of different mediums and show an experimental edginess that is spoken in paint rather than words. Thoughtful as well as thought-provoking they show his leanings toward a deeper mind that speaks softly but carries a big stick.
With a sense of anarchy, a little hint of punk and more than a little fire, the talent behind these pieces is evident and shows room for expansion into other areas. Beautifully rendered each piece is a statement in its own right and is like a piece of his artistic soul laid bare, a contemporary of the Scottish market, he has the universal appeal of youth and the jaded eye of a much older man that comes through in pieces such as the story illustrated expertly in the piece “Boys don’t cry,” perhaps a more emotive work than some and a reflection of the artists inner self, its stark use of army camouflage colors and newsprint make it both a statement and a cry for help in the same breath.
His artwork is all about statements and creates a visual sense of who he is and the man to come, creating a microcosm of art and a sort of visual representation of his voice that may or may not be heard if vocalized.
An artist to watch Calvin Downie is creating a vision that is both political and personal in his creative journey in life.
For more details on the artist see his website: Calvin Downie portfolio.