Kim Powell is a multidisciplinary artist with songwriting, drumming, acting, and visual art-making expertise. Powell spent 18 years in Mexico and Chile before returning to the U.S. in 2019. She earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and continued studies in painting at Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in 2005. She studied painting with American painter John Alexander in 2010.
As part of the Eros group show, 2017, curated by Andrew Fisher of Fisher-Wiseman, Powell examined sensuality and the abstraction of the human body. A solo exhibition soon followed at Imagine Gallery in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2018. That work explored questions about cultural identity and how countries have unique visual languages. In 2021 Powell provided original art from her Pop series based on abstracted water balloons to modern living innovator URBY. She is represented by Wolf Gallery in Austin, Texas.
Her current abstract work explores channels of awareness and how the viewer becomes her subject through conscious connection. As interconnected beings, she invites viewers to visit a realm beyond the physical but in a space-between for healing, awareness, and activation. Powell works out of her home studio in the hill country of Texas, twenty minutes from downtown Austin. Her work is collected internationally.
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
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
2018 Imagine Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, México
2013 La Calaca Festival, Interactive, Parque Juarez, San Miguel de Allende, México
2023 Wolf Gallery, Summer Show, Austin, Texas
2023 Gallerium, Online Juried Exhibition, “Shapes & Colors.”
2022 Art Fluent Gallery, Online Juried Exhibition, “Motion.”
2017 Eros, Imagine Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, México
2006 Carlos Muro Galleria, San Miguel de Allende, México
1994 Charity Auction, Hearts for Valentine’s, Austin, Texas
1993 Ya Ya’s Gallery, Austin, Texas
1993 Yomawaloa, “Now Entering America Show”, Stupid Art Gallery of America, Austin, Texas
1992 Aztec Cafe, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1992 “Artist of The Aztec”, cable access interview, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1991 Woods Gerry Gallery, “Connections”, Providence, Rhode Island
1991 Benson Hall, Anti War show, Providence, Rhode Island
1991 Illustration Building, Providence, Rhode Island
1990 Instituto de Allende, San Miguel de Allende, México
1990 AS220, Providence, Rhode Island
1988 Outdoor Exhibition of Alice in Wonderland, Providence, Rhode Island
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