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Downey earned a fine art master’s degree in painting and sculpture from London’s Slade School of Art, where he studied under Bruce Mclean and Will Alsop. He grew up in a United States Marine Corps family traversing towns across the United States, soaking up influences of diverse surroundings that would later add to his perspective. Pratt Institute drew him to New York City in 1998, where he first cultivated his study of fine art. Stimulated by the buzz of the urbane, he sought out alternate methods for depicting his environment, deciding on a film degree for formal study.

His first film, Public Discourse, a documentary about street art, proved a pivotal point in his artistic endeavors. The film has been screened at over 70 venues around the world including the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and the Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival. It includes work by street artists such as Swoon, Obey Giant, Revs, Nato, Desa, Ellen Harvey, Keith Haring, JJ Veronis, and Johnny Swing (from the Rivington school), and features music by Japanther. The film was distributed by Video Data Bank. Public Discourse has also compelled Downey to take an active role in front of the camera as a full-fledged graffiti artist, focusing on how to use a minimalist work to enhance people’s overall sensation of their surroundings.

He gained much international recognition working collaboratively with Darius Jones A.K.A. Verbs (an American graffiti artist from Cincinnati, Ohio). As a team they developed a new style of concept/image-based roller graffiti and a unique illegal site-specific brand of three-dimensional sculptures, where functional traffic symbols become humanised traffic symbols.

Downey regularly lectures about unsanctioned public artwork. He is exploring its adaptation in traditional gallery settings in London, Berlin and New York. He was named as one of the “ArtReview” 25 MA graduates to watch in 2005. He has been featured in The New York Times, Creative Review, the Atlanta Journal Constitution and BBC Mundo, among others. He has exhibited in venues such as Urbis museum in Manchester, Kunstlerhaus Bethanian in Berlin, the Basil Art Fair in Miami, the ICA in London, and Mass MOCA in the USA.


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ART NEWS JANUARY 2011, article with Brad Downey

IN3 Festival

University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland Institute Interior Design and Scenography Spitalstrasse 8 CH – 4056 Basel Tel +41 61 268 94 06 Fax +41 61 268 93 90

Penguin Books and Stolen Space

‘Never Judge…?’ A Group Exhibition In Association with Penguin Books 03.12.10 – 19.12.10 Never judge a book by the cover.  The age old proverb is easier said than done, when choosing a read who can’t be swayed by good cover art, the cover after all has the job of explaining thousands of words in an […]

99 …. 99 …… 99……

im namen des raumes gbr galerie im henselmann tower strausberger platz 19 10243 berlin 99 works from 99 artists for a symbolic price of 99€, a concept that reminds of the traditional “jahresgaben” at german kunstvereine, but is a bit modified. the idea of the exhibit is to thematize the idea of selling art in […]



Brads “The Beginning and the End” is featured in the German “ART-Magazin” October issue ..10/2010

Russian army blows up its inflatable weapons check the link.. The Russian military has come up with an inventive way to deceive the enemy and save money at the same time: inflatable weapons. They look just like real ones, are easy to transport and quick to deploy. Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg took a look at this unusual attempt to inflate Russia’s […]




  BLKRIVERFESTIVAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Vienna Austria. 2010 Der Zeit ihre Kunst. Der Kunst ihr Festival. 10. September – 6. Oktober Künstler Akay Benjamin Gaulon Blu Bastardilla Brad Downey Deep Inc. Dtagno Evan Roth John Fekner Know Hope Ox Sam 3 Matthias Wermke & Mischa […]

Symposium: Street Art vs. White Cube: Publicity vs. Public?

KUNSTHALLE wien, hall 1, A controversary debate in English in cooperation with KÖR and its commitment to the Danube Canal area. Participants: Eric Andersen (poster artist and graphic designer, Zurich) Brad Downey (Artist, Berlin) Sydney Ogidan (artistic director BLK River Festival, Vienna) Hannah Stippl (artist, Vienna) Vitus Weh (cultural scientist, co-editor of BETON-Blumen, Vienna) Moderation: […]

Sub Globe II – Örebro´s Konsthall Sept 11 – 12 Oktober

Sub Glob II börjar nästa vecka! Sex gatukonstnärer från olika delar av världen kommer att arbeta ihop utställningen på plats i Örebro veckan innan öppning. Känns som det kan bli riktigt riktigt bra! Nuria Mora, Spanien » Brad Downey, Berlin » Ruskig, Malmö » Fefe Talavera, Sao Paolo » Ångest, Stockholm […]

Rest In Peace Schlingensief

We will miss you and your powerful work……….. Christoph Schlingensief  died in Berlin , age 49 (October 24, 1960 – August 21, 2010) . Future Projects During his illness, Christoph published a diary of his reflections titled “Heaven could not possibly be as beautiful as here,” married costume designer Anio Laberenz, and founded a controversial […]


HACKING THE CITY Hacking the City Hacking the City is an innovative project which reacts to changing structures of public space, mobility, and communication in the city. The project is mainly focussed on Essen, European Capital of Culture Ruhr.2010. Participants are artists, web designers, practitioners of guerrilla communication, street artists, performers, and musicians. Among these […]

DOCKVILLE FESTIVAL, 13- 15 AUGUST-HAMBURG (New Brad Downey Sculpture){s%3A4%3A%22page%22%3Bs%3A5%3A%22kunst%22%3Bs%3A4%3A%22year%22%3Bi%3A2010%3Bs%3A4%3A%22hash%22%3Bs%3A6%3A%22B_65_1%22%3B} If you live in Hamburg go to see Brads new work at Dockville Festival.