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ABOUT

BIOGRAPHY

Kim Powell is an American multidisciplinary artist who creates work based on intuitive abstraction, rich in color and bursting with movement and depth. She earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and continued her studies in painting at Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. In 2010, she studied painting with American painter John Alexander via the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. 

Powell majored in Illustration, is a graphic designer, songwriter, drummer, and producer, and has performed in numerous theater productions and indie bands in the U.S. and Mexico, where she lived for 18 years. In 2017, she was part of the Eros group painting exhibition, curated by Andrew Fisher of the Fisher-Wiseman Collection. There, she examined sensuality and the abstraction of the human body. A solo exhibition soon followed, exploring questions surrounding cultural identity and how countries have unique visual languages. Powell's current work explores channels of awareness, and as interconnected beings, she invites viewers to visit a realm beyond the physical but in a space-between. 

Powell exhibits regularly, most recently participating in a group exhibition at the George Washington Carver Museum in Austin, Texas. Powell works with creative directors and art consultants, providing unique work for special projects. Her work is collected internationally.

Artis Statement

ARTIST STATEMENT

We move through life, thinking, feeling, perceiving, acting, and reacting. All these activities carry vibrational patterns that form reality as we know it. Biologist Rupert Sheldrake theorizes that morphic fields are what organize information throughout life. These fields enable us to "regenerate and heal after damage, coordinate vibratory activities of the nervous system, and are closely connected to mental activity." Much like morphic fields, there is a force at play when I paint, an underlying guidance I trust. The act of painting is a healing ritual where heightened awareness takes place.

When I begin a painting, I align my energy to the present moment. I allow intuition to guide me to colors, brushes, and tools. I trust what comes and intend to stay loose and free while making deliberate marks and movements. Contemplations that were once internal become externalized as shapes, textures, and colors. As a painting unfolds and begins to take shape, structures arise. Layer upon layer, I obscure, reveal, and obscure again, and a puzzle to solve emerges. The final result is a completed painting, which acts as an expression of the unconscious.

Making abstract art, with its inherent ambiguity, is a dream-like process. It serves as therapeutic, temporary relief from more rigid waking hours. Yet still, it mimics life, which flows between chaos and order, surrender and intention. I aim for the work to energize and awaken reflection on the subtler realms. Instead of art serving as an object, it becomes a conduit. When the viewer finds a connection, they become the subject of the work, which points to our true oneness.

~ Kim Powell

KIM POWELL
b. 1969

EDUCATION

1991  Rhode Island School of Design, BFA, Providence, Rhode Island

2010  Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, Study Away, Painting Master Class, w/ John Alexander, San Miguel de Allende, México

2006  Escuela de Bellas Artes, Painting, San Miguel de Allende, México 

2005  Academia Hispano America, Spanish, San Miguel de Allende, México

2002  Warren Hardy Spanish, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

2001  Tibetan Buddhist studies, 1998-2001, Shambhala Center, NYC, New York

1991  Brown University, Psychoanalysis & Structuralism; Women in Socialist & Developing Countries, Providence, Rhode Island

1990  Instituto de Allende, Painting, San Miguel de Allende, México

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023  West Austin Studio Tour, Austin, Texas

2018  Imagine Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, México

2013  La Calaca Festival, Interactive, Parque Juarez, San Miguel de Allende, México

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023  Big Medium Group Exhibition, George Washington Carver Museum, Austin, Texas

2023  Mystic Mirrors, ArtUs Co. Gallery, Austin, Texas

2023  Summer Show, Wolf Gallery, Austin, Texas

2023  The Other Art Fair - Saatchi Art, Dallas, Texas

2022  The Other Art Fair - Saatchi Art, Dallas, Texas

2022  Motion, Art Fluent Gallery, Online Juried Exhibition

2021  Blue Genie, Art Bazaar, Austin, Texas

2017  Eros, Imagine Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, México

2006  Carlos Muro Galleria, San Miguel de Allende, México

1994  Hearts for Valentine’s, Mexic‐Arte Museum, Austin, Texas

1993  Ya Ya’s Gallery, Austin, Texas

1993  Yomawaloa, Now Entering America Show, Austin, Texas

1992  Aztec Cafe, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1992  Artist of The Aztec, cable access interview, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1991  Connections, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island

1991  Anti War Show, Benson Hall, Providence, Rhode Island

1991  Illustration Building, Providence, Rhode Island

1990  Winter Exhibition, Instituto de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, México

1990  AS220, Providence, Rhode Island 

1988  Outdoor Exhibition of Alice in Wonderland, Providence, Rhode Island

RELEASES | PRODUCTIONS | PERFORMANCES

2021 Launched Project, Soul Colors (based on your birthdate), Online

2018 Morningwood Reunion, drummer, Continental Club, Austin, Texas

2016 Habla Blah Blah II, songwriter, vocalist, and producer, album release, Online

2013 Habla Blah Blah I, songwriter, vocalist, and producer, album release, Online

2012 Yes, original song featured, Life Interrupted TV series, Online

2011 Hedwig and the Angry Inch, role of Yitzhak, Teatro Santa Ana, S.M.A., Mexico

2011 It’s A Wonderful Life, role of Mary, Teatro Santa Ana, S.M.A., Mexico

2011 Domestication, A Play by Stefanie Glick, ensemble cast, Teatro Santa Ana, S.M.A., Mexico

2010 The Mozo by Tom King - world premiere, lead actor, Teatro Santa Ana, S.M.A., Mexico

2010 Cold Hands Warm Heart, original song, Charmed TV series

2010 Get it Right, solo album release, Online

2009 Psychopathia Sexualis, lead role of Ellie, Teatro Santa Ana, S.M.A., Mexico

2009 Will You Stay, single release, Online

2009 Glenda Garry, Glenda Ross, adaptation, role of Dave Moss, Teatro Santa Ana, S.M.A., Mexico

2007 The Alchemist, Intro music, Hollywood Access TV

2004 Loose Ends by Lou Christine, world premier, role of Barbara,Teatro Romanos, S.M.A., Mexico

2003 Fool for Love, role of May, Teatro Santa Ana, S.M.A., Mexico

2003 Truth is Invisible, debut solo album

2001 The Alchemist, single release

2000 Si*Sé – The Rain (Official Video), actor, animated sequence, NYC, New York

2000 Elvis Costello compilation album, drummer, Brenda Kahn band, NYC, New York

2000 Live video streaming spot on SPIN.com with Brenda Kahn band, Online

1999 Rocker Girl Festival, drummer, Brenda Kahn band, Seattle, WA

1998 MTV Sports and Music Festival, Morningwood, Austin, Texas

1998 Morningwood, debut album, Austin, Texas

1998 Prince Tribute album with band Morningwood, Austin, Texas

1997 Morningwood music videos, producer, Austin, Texas

1997 CMJ Festival, Morningwood, NYC, New York

1993 The Newton Boys, extra, Austin, Texas

1992 Dazed and Confused, extra, Austin, Texas

1992 Artists of The Aztec, television interview on art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1991 No-named Ensemble, experimental dance group, AS220, Providence, Rhode Island

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