Pat Downing is an award-winning metal artist who works out of his studio in San Diego where he creates one-of-a-kind hand-forged sculptures.
Pat fuses traditional blacksmithing with contemporary techniques and is especially known for his vibrant patinas and his own unique take on Foldforming, the origami-like process of folding heated metal into dramatic shapes.
Though his work is far from traditional, Pat is very aware of the storied roots of blacksmithing. He spent years demonstrating traditional blacksmithing techniques to tourists and school groups in San Diego.
Pat’s work can be found at galleries and events throughout Southern California and is available for purchase by appointment.
A recently installed private commission sculpture, "Perfect Union," like all unions or relationships requires a certain amount of effort to make it work. This work is a perspective piece comprised of two individual sculptures, each unique unto itself. With a little effort, a single heart begins to take shape and the two sculptures become the perfect union.
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