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David Powell

David Powell

The Hague, Netherlands

Drawing, Painting • Born in Cardiff, United Kingdom • Studied at Slade School of Art, London. De Ateliers, Amsterdam

Published  16/11/2016   |   Updated  03/01/2020

The Neighbourhood of Infinity

My lifelong fascination with alternative bands and the cultural infrastructures that arise from their legacies has more or less defined my practice.
The paintings and drawings I make refer to fandom and collective identification, they begin to make departures into the nature of spectatorship, the sharing of knowledge, the potential of art and poetry to encapsulate both the emotional and the political.
Recent expansions in artistic...

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My lifelong fascination with alternative bands and the cultural infrastructures that arise from their legacies has more or less defined my practice.
The paintings and drawings I make refer to fandom and collective identification, they begin to make departures into the nature of spectatorship, the sharing of knowledge, the potential of art and poetry to encapsulate both the emotional and the political.
Recent expansions in artistic research has enabled more focused attention on the phenomenon of underground bands becoming subjects for academic writers and theorists who are interested in writing about the cultural impact that certain bands became emblematic of.
Social media groups are only now starting to share or provide links to articles normally limited to university websites and art institutions.
Throughout my practice, a lo-fi immediacy is a common denominator that shifts the emphasis towards a material production that has at it’s core a collective social dynamics that strives to bring people together. The challenge of the contemporary exhibition format for me lies in exploring non hierarchical approaches to traditional mediums such as drawing and painting, in this sense I see my material production as a background to a sequence of programmed events. I’m interested in working with people from different culturally creative spheres with an emphasis on inclusivity around new forms of collaboration. This can be anything from staging events, inviting people to discussions/interviews, making zines, music/sound improvisation workshops that seek to challenge the separations between the curator and the artist, the writer and the theorist, the audience and the public and to enable new exchanges and reflections on music, literature and art.

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Studio (The Fall) 2019

Studio (The Fall) 2019

MES (Behind the counter) 2019 - 150 x 125c, oil and acrylic on canvas

MES (Behind the counter) 2019 - 150 x 125c, oil and acrylic on canvas

Bremen nacht 2019 - 200 x 160cm, acrylic on canvas

Bremen nacht 2019 - 200 x 160cm, acrylic on canvas

Sir Mark (VI) 2019 - 150 x 105cm, acrylic on paper

Sir Mark (VI) 2019 - 150 x 105cm, acrylic on paper

MES (Voxish II) 2019 - 200 x 200cm, oil and acrylic on canvas

MES (Voxish II) 2019 - 200 x 200cm, oil and acrylic on canvas

Jim and Bobby 2018 - 46 x 35cm, oil and acrylic on canvas

Jim and Bobby 2018 - 46 x 35cm, oil and acrylic on canvas

The Fall 2018 - 24 x 30cm, oil and acrylic on canvas. Private collection, London

The Fall 2018 - 24 x 30cm, oil and acrylic on canvas. Private collection, London

Bury Pts 1 + 3 2018 – 24 x 20cm, acrylic on canvas

Bury Pts 1 + 3 2018 – 24 x 20cm, acrylic on canvas

Different times 2020 – 150 x 125cm, acrylic on canvas. A painting based on the track 'Wilderness' by Joy Division

Different times 2020 – 150 x 125cm, acrylic on canvas. A painting based on the track 'Wilderness' by Joy Division

Now I wanna 2019 – 32 x 24cm, watercolour, pen on paper

Now I wanna 2019 – 32 x 24cm, watercolour, pen on paper

Social Medias 2019 – 150 x 125cm, acrylic on canvas

Social Medias 2019 – 150 x 125cm, acrylic on canvas

Crash smash 2019 – 29,7 x 20cm, watercolour, pencil, pen on paper

Crash smash 2019 – 29,7 x 20cm, watercolour, pencil, pen on paper

Trip to Spar 2019 – 21×29,7cm, watercolour, pen on paper

Trip to Spar 2019 – 21×29,7cm, watercolour, pen on paper

My favourite place 2019 – 32 x 24cm, watercolour on paper

My favourite place 2019 – 32 x 24cm, watercolour on paper

Speed for their wages 2019 - 21 x 29,7cm, acrylic, laser print on paper

Speed for their wages 2019 - 21 x 29,7cm, acrylic, laser print on paper

Bombast 2020 - 29,7 x 21cm, watercolour, pencil, pen on paper

Bombast 2020 - 29,7 x 21cm, watercolour, pencil, pen on paper

Dead souls 2019 - 21 x 13cm, watercolour, pencil on paper

Dead souls 2019 - 21 x 13cm, watercolour, pencil on paper

Someone take 2019 - 32 x 24cm, watercolour on paper

Someone take 2019 - 32 x 24cm, watercolour on paper

Listen to the girl 2019 - 32 x 24cm, watercolour, pencil on paper

Listen to the girl 2019 - 32 x 24cm, watercolour, pencil on paper

Just like honey 2019 - 13 x 21cm, watercolour, pencil on paper

Just like honey 2019 - 13 x 21cm, watercolour, pencil on paper

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

It's an island that you can go to where anything can happen.

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

Oil and acrylic paint, its complexity never fails to surprise me.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

A 'Dirty Words' photo scultpure by Gilbert and George

If you weren´t an artist, what would you be doing?

Actor

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

Restaurants, bars, bed.


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2018

Scenes from The Tempest

2017

Inside Out, Sis Josip Galerie, The Hague

'Inside Out' - Sis Josip Galerie, The Hague, The Netherlands

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GROUP

2017

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Helicopter project space, The Hague

2016

Douglas Park: Post-Terminal & Ex-Ultimate, (guest interviewer) WEST, Den Haag, Netherlands

2013

Gallery artists, Sabine Wachters Fine Arts, Knokke, Belgium

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WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

Stedelijk Museum, Stedelijk Musem Amsterdam, Netherlands

GALLERIES

Sabine Wachters Fine Arts | http://www.sabinewachters.com/index.php?article_id=6

PUBLICATIONS

AWARDS

2013 STROOM Pro Deo Award, Den Haag, Netherlands

2010 FONDS BKVB Basis Stipendium, Netherlands

2005 FONDS BKVB Basis Stipendium, Netherlands

EDUCATION (detailed)

1987 - 1988 Cardiff College of Art & Design, South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education, UK

1988 - 1992 Slade School of Art, University College London, UK

1994 - 1996 De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands


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