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Isaac Powell's 'Paintings' on exhibit through March 17
Powell''s ''Paintings''

Tarleton State University

Monday, February 17, 2014

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Tarleton’s Department of Fine Arts opened a new art exhibit Thursday, Feb. 13, featuring a collection of paintings by Texas-born artist Isaac Powell.

The free exhibit runs through March 17 at the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center gallery, and features a variety of works from Powell’s career. The public is welcome to visit the gallery, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Paintings” investigates the structure of the picture plane, while deconstructing common painting subjects such as plants and flowers. The use of organic imagery is common in works by Powell, who was born without a hand.

“In the paintings,” Powell says, “I transform personal descriptions of hands and prosthetics into my own visual vocabulary that includes an assortment of botanical representations in various states of definition. Plants act as visual placeholders for hands, prosthetics and my birth defect.”

Powell received his bachelor’s of fine arts and master’s of art at Stephen F. Austin State University. He later obtained his master’s of fine arts at Washington State University in 2007, just two years after receiving the VSA grand prize from the Smithsonian Institution—a grant awarded to emerging artists who work with disabilities.

In 2011, Powell’s work was selected for inclusion in the Armory Show, America’s leading fine arts fair held in New York City and devoted to contemporary art. He currently teaches painting at Eastern Kentucky University, and provides his work for exhibits nationally.

At the conclusion of his local exhibit, Powell will give a lecture and hold a workshop for Tarleton art students on March 17.


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Chris Ireland, assistant professor of art and digital media

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Powell''s ''Paintings''