Rackstraw Downes

January 24 - March 1, 2008

Press Release

Exhibition Dates:  January 24 – March 1, 2008

Gallery Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm

Opening:  Thursday, January 24, 2008, 6 – 8 PM


            On Thursday, January 24, 2008, Betty Cuningham Gallery will open an exhibition of paintings by Rackstraw Downes comprised of approximately 20 works completed by Downes from 2004 to 2007.

   Included is an important series of four paintings titled: Presidio Horse Racing Association Track, Presidio, Texas, painted on site during the last three winters. Downes, who moves with the seasons in order to paint on site year round, has been traveling to Texas since the early 1990’s. Concerning the locations that he chooses, Downes has said:


            “It’s my job to find places that answer to some internal need—I think there is one before you even get to the place, and the place answers the need.”