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ABOUT

BIOGRAPHY

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.

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

2018  Imagine Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, México

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

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

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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