Ruth Downes was born in Sydney in 1954. She studied interior design at the National Art School, Sydney, graduating in 1975. Downes has worked as an artist at the Australian Museum in Sydney and since 1988 has run her own business in public artwork, visual identity, exhibition and graphic design. Between 1979 and 1986 Downes tutored in exhibition, furniture and interior design in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Sydney. During this period she also studied traditional architecture and landscape architecture in China. Since 1986 Downes has undertaken a number of major public art commissions throughout New South Wales. Some of her permanent public artworks include a wrought steel sculpture and mosaic at the Charles Street Wharf, Parramatta, 1996; concrete acoustic walls along the M4 motor-way, 1998; a stainless steel layered relief sculpture under James Ruse Drive bridge in Parramatta, 1998; and a water feature for Bicentennial Park, Sydney, 2000. Ruth Downes lives in Sydney.
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