The Exceptional Artist, David Downes

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4th November, 2019

David Downes is an Exceptional Artist. By this we mean he is a brilliant landscape painter but also that he is represented, encouraged, supported and promoted by Sally Vaughan at Exceptional Agency. Where Exceptional Artists are concerned Sally makes exceptional things happen!

David is not new to Pedleyonline, far from it, he is a long-standing friend and an existing client of our web design services. It’s been a pleasure working with David and on his visits to Birmingham to discuss and move forward his website, we’ve also enjoyed David’s company over a pint (or two). If you know David you’ll know that he spends this time bringing us up to speed with the latest sport news…

David’s new website is professional, clean, widescreen, mobile friendly / responsive and easy to use. The re-design involved a thorough review of the existing website developed in 2011, with feedback and requirements from both David and Sally. We also carried out an extensive refinement of David’s extensive catalogue of artwork.

David Downes New Website

The Homepage has a widescreen layout with a dynamic changing image banner which is perfect for showcasing large size versions of David’s work and those wonderful, signature, David Downes skies! Introduction text and a latest news panel with all other content accessible through a simple horizontal navigation menu at the top and handy links in the website footer.

David’s work is simply stunning and therefore the website background and theming needed to be clean, simple and spacious allowing the visitor to focus on David’s work. Intuitive navigation on all types of devices, phones, tablets and desktops. Developed in WordPress the site is completely expandable in terms of content, pages and functionality. WooCommerce, the eCommerce element of WordPress, allows elegant delivery of e-commerce functionality meaning a visitor can follow a simple process online to purchase a limited edition David Downes Print.

A well organised representation of David’s large portfolio of works with work categorised into galleries, North London, Central London, Sporting Stadiums etc. All images are presented in thumbnails which open in a lightbox image gallery, displaying a large version of the image and allowing the visitor to scroll backwards and forwards through images in the same gallery.

David is available for commissions and has successfully completed commissions for the BBC, The Savoy Hotel and most recently David was commissioned by ITV to produce a giant mural to celebrate their new period drama Sanditon.

David Downes Online Shop
David is a quirky, interesting charcater and this is captured magnificently through a series of short films available on the website via embedded YouTube video. David shares his feelings and challenges on his autism, the week he spent painting the enormous mural of a fictional seaside town for ITV for their Jane Austen inspired period drama and older footage of David in action preparing for an exhibition.

David’s latest news is on the website in the News section with posts holding images, text and embedded video content. Organised in chronological order with a feature image and a text snippet with a link to the full post. David also has an active social media presence using Facebook and Instagram to share his work and the adventures it takes him on.

Prints of David’s work are available to purchase via the website. E-commerce functionality on-site means limited edition prints can be purchased, framed or unframed, via the website, with payments handled via PayPal using switch, debit or credit card. Each Print Page features a large size image, information and specifications for the Print, prices and the option to ‘add to basket’

The Contact page is a secure online enquiry form along with contact information and links to social media.

SSL Web Hosting is provided by Pedleyonline. The website transition was handled sensitively to ensure there was no interuption to service and no lost traffic. Delivered on schedule and within budget. Both David and Sally were really happy with the finished website with great feedback and an ‘exceptional’ customer review from Sally, which is praise indeed!

Check out the exceptional new website for talented artist David Downes – www.daviddownes.co.uk