Downing, Thomas, 1928-1985

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Painter; Washington, D.C. and Provincetown, Mass; associated with the Washington Color School.

Downing studied at Randolph-Macon and Pratt and, after military service, at Catholic University under Kenneth Noland. He later shared a studio with Howard Mehring, with whom he founded the Origo, a cooperative gallery. During the 1960s, Downing taught at the Corcoran School, numbering among his students Sam Gilliam, Rockne Krebs, and Michael Clark. The last ten years of his life were spent in Provincetown, Mass.

From the description of Thomas Downing papers, 1946-1988. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122594754

Archival Resources
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referencedIn Downing, Thomas, 1928- : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Thomas Downing papers Archives of American Art
referencedIn Henri Gallery records Archives of American Art
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referencedIn Oral history interview with Sam Gilliam Archives of American Art
Relation Name
associatedWith Downing, Louise Paquin. person
associatedWith Gilliam, Sam, person
associatedWith Henri Gallery (Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Noland, Kenneth, 1924-2010. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Washington (D.C.)
Art, Modern
Color-field painting


Birth 1928

Death 1985




Ark ID: w60z812t

SNAC ID: 75326000