About Liam Downes
Liam studied at the London Institute and Brighton College of Art and Design in the UK. He packed his paint brush and moved to New Zealand in 2001, wasting no time exhibiting his new works across Auckland and even running his own high street art gallery. He continues to find inspiration around most corners of New Zealand, Auckland becoming his spiritual home; ‘The clash of mother nature and feats of man-made engineering - Rangitoto sleeps as the Sky Tower looms.' Liam's commentary through opposing land and city scapes dominate, figure painting 'just for the love of it' and throw in the odd statement for good measure, and draw influence from a background in graphics and typography, embracing the battle between structure and abandon.
Liam enjoyed his first 3 years on the idyllic island of Waiheke before experiencing city life under the imposing gaze of the Sky Tower. He escaped its clutches and surrounds himself with giant kauri in his idyllic garden studio in Laingholm - and 'wouldn't swap it for the world.’