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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  26/03/2020

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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David Powell

My New House 2019/20 – 200 x 140cm, oil and acrylic on canvas. 45 x 84 x 29cm, wood, paper, wire, marker pen

My New House 2019/20 – 200 x 140cm, oil and acrylic on canvas. 45 x 84 x 29cm, wood, paper, wire, marker pen

Ian Curtis 2020 – 16 x 9 x 9cm, plasticine model for future casts

Ian Curtis 2020 – 16 x 9 x 9cm, plasticine model for future casts

Spoilt Victorian Child 2020 – 88,5 x 76cm, paintings, drawings, oil, acrylic, charcoal, marker pen, paper

Spoilt Victorian Child 2020 – 88,5 x 76cm, paintings, drawings, oil, acrylic, charcoal, marker pen, paper

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

Mark'll sink us 2019 - 150 x 105cm, acrylic on paper

Mark'll sink us 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

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

MES amp 2020 - 30 x 17 x 12cm, plasticine model for future casts

MES amp 2020 - 30 x 17 x 12cm, plasticine model for future casts

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

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

Room to Live 2020 - 12,7 x 10,5 x 8,5cm, plasticine model for future casts

Room to Live 2020 - 12,7 x 10,5 x 8,5cm, plasticine model for future casts

MES amp 2 2020 - 13 x 8 x 11cm, plasticine model for future casts

MES amp 2 2020 - 13 x 8 x 11cm, plasticine model for future casts

MES amp 2 2020 - colour photograph

MES amp 2 2020 - colour photograph

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

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

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

Sleaford Mods 2020 – 19 x 17 x 25cm, plasticine original for future casts

Sleaford Mods 2020 – 19 x 17 x 25cm, plasticine original for future casts

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

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

Ian curtis 2020 - colour photograph

Ian curtis 2020 - colour photograph

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

Studio 2020 - MES amp 2020 (plasticine model for future casts)

Studio 2020 - MES amp 2020 (plasticine model for future casts)

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

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

A time lapse video of the first 12 minutes of making Ian Curtis 2020 - plasticine model for future casts

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?

It varies, I think materials are something that must above all be natural to the person working with them and they should always surprise and never be totally controlled

What themes do you pursue?

They are focused on alternative music scenes, images, sounds, histories and cultural legacies

If you could install your art absolutely anywhere, where would that be?

Somewhere near Warhols, Bacons, Gilbert and George and Giacometti's

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?

Musician

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

Restaurants, bars, concerts.


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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