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David Powell

David Powell

The Hague, Netherlands

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Zeichnung, Installation, Malerei, Photographie, Skulptur • Born in Cardiff, United Kingdom • Studied at Slade School of Art, London. De Ateliers, Amsterdam
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Confessions of an Ignominious Eye

Since the mid nineties the whole body of my practice can be said to contain parts or divisions that examine subjects from cultural, political and social contexts, an overriding narrative inter-connects these divisions. I'm interested in many aspects of the human condition, from our greatest achievements to our gravest errors. My work occupies a parallel space to an ever deepening climate of social, political and cultural unrest, with this in...

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Since the mid nineties the whole body of my practice can be said to contain parts or divisions that examine subjects from cultural, political and social contexts, an overriding narrative inter-connects these divisions. I'm interested in many aspects of the human condition, from our greatest achievements to our gravest errors. My work occupies a parallel space to an ever deepening climate of social, political and cultural unrest, with this in mind I can utilize the pleasures of craft making with positive and negative energies. The role of painting in my practice is more akin to an archiving tool, central to this project is an ongoing investigation into narrative that will over time, form a storyboard. My painting project uses extensive image sourcing that refers to the overlapping histories of painting, theatre, photography and film.

The Tempest (Part 2) 2018 - 218 x 920cm, acrylic on canvas, clips. ‘The Tempest’ (1610 -1611) is thought to be Shakespeare‘s last written play, it has been mainly interpreted through theatre and film. I’m interested in approaching ‘The Tempest’ by utilising painting as an archival tool that will over time, form a storyboard. There are countless images that represent scenes from ‘The Tempest’ dating from the seventeenth century to the present day. ‘The Tempest’ has been increasingly viewed through the lens of post colonialist theory as the main plot takes place on an Island where the coloniser (Prospero) meets and enslaves the colonised (Caliban).

The Tempest (Part 2) 2018 - 218 x 920cm, acrylic on canvas, clips. ‘The Tempest’ (1610 -1611) is thought to be Shakespeare‘s last written play, it has been mainly interpreted through theatre and film. I’m interested in approaching ‘The Tempest’ by utilising painting as an archival tool that will over time, form a storyboard. There are countless images that represent scenes from ‘The Tempest’ dating from the seventeenth century to the present day. ‘The Tempest’ has been increasingly viewed through the lens of post colonialist theory as the main plot takes place on an Island where the coloniser (Prospero) meets and enslaves the colonised (Caliban).

‘The Tempest’ 2018 Part 2 (2018 - ongoing) - 218 x 920cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

‘The Tempest’ 2018 Part 2 (2018 - ongoing) - 218 x 920cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

‘The Tempest’ 2018 Part 2 (2018 - ongoing) - 218 x 920cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

‘The Tempest’ 2018 Part 2 (2018 - ongoing) - 218 x 920cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

‘The Tempest’ 2018 Part 2 (2018 - ongoing) - 218 x 920cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

‘The Tempest’ 2018 Part 2 (2018 - ongoing) - 218 x 920cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

‘The Tempest’ 2018 Part 2 (2018 - ongoing) - 218 x 920cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

‘The Tempest’ 2018 Part 2 (2018 - ongoing) - 218 x 920cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

The Tempest (part 1) 2018 - 70 x 355cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

The Tempest (part 1) 2018 - 70 x 355cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

Scenes from The Tempest (part 8) 2018 - 17 x 151cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

Scenes from The Tempest (part 8) 2018 - 17 x 151cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

Scenes from The Tempest (part 8) 2018 - 17 x 151cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

Scenes from The Tempest (part 8) 2018 - 17 x 151cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

Scenes from The Tempest (part 8) 2018 - 17 x 151cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

Scenes from The Tempest (part 8) 2018 - 17 x 151cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

Scenes from The Tempest (part 7) 2018 - 23 x 115cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

Scenes from The Tempest (part 7) 2018 - 23 x 115cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

Scenes from The Tempest (part 7) 2018 - 23 x 115cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

Scenes from The Tempest (part 7) 2018 - 23 x 115cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

Scenes from The Tempest (part 7) 2018 - 73 x 400cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

Scenes from The Tempest (part 7) 2018 - 73 x 400cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

Scenes from The Tempest (part 7) 2018 - 73 x 400cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

Scenes from The Tempest (part 7) 2018 - 73 x 400cm, acrylic on canvas, clips

The Tempest (Part 4) 2018 - 218 x 1000cm, acrylic on canvas, clips.

The Tempest (Part 4) 2018 - 218 x 1000cm, acrylic on canvas, clips.

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

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

What sounds, scents and sights do you encounter while in your studio?

Complex inter-relationships between things, accidents and order colliding always producing surprises.

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

The base materialism of a society and culture in ruins, any material is at my disposal.

What themes do you pursue?

Politics of class structure, sociological aspects of deviance, abjection, human behaviour.

What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?

That would be from Gilbert and George back in the nineties, they told me that I was a survivor, I didn't see it until they told me.

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

In public or private collections, seeing the work in relation to other peoples habitats, their personal surroundings.

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, something in film

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

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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