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JP Downer


Musician / Graphic Designer / Cartoon Illustrator / Doodler 

Playing bass with Portland Cello Project, Farnell Newton, Elke Robitaille 

Designing concert posters and drawing weird faces and little cartoons 

JP Downer, Decent Don, Don & Boris Comic, 6th Athens Biennale 2018 ANTI, photo by Nysos Vasilopoulos

Decent Don (2017 – 2018)

What would it be like if Donald Trump, in a parallel universe, was just a normal and kind citizen of this beautiful world? In the Decent Don comic strips, JP Downer revisits the miasmatic side of Donald Trump to render a positive yet alarming sitcom surrounding wherein Trump acts like a social benefactor. Downer goes against the grain of attempting to downgrade Trump by depicting him as “impotent,” “ugly” or “aloof.” Simultaneously, Downer reverses the sexual alt-right mythology of Trump as the alpha male by turning him into a “nice” next-door guy, a good Samaritan. The subliminal result is, perhaps, more disturbing than the common (and justified) representation as corrupt, misogynist, and fascist.


#LoveTrumpsHate #pastiche #irony #imagery #morality #DonaldTrump #USA

photos: Nysos Vasilopoulos, 6th Athens Biennale 2018 ANTI

Decent Don, 2017-2018
Series of comics

Don & Boris
20.32 × 20.32 cm

Courtesy of the artist