"Coastal Shoal" by John Powell|
Limited Edition Serigraph (100% Hand-Separated and Hand Pulled) on Paper
Signed and Numbered
Edition Size 350
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As a young boy, John Powell spent many hours with his father, Jack Powell, and Will Foster, both prominent artists. John recalls one weekend in particular when long hours were spent in the studio listening to his father discuss color. "I was on the bus going home to Hollywood. The evening was warm and the shadows were strong. Suddenly it hit me like a mallet on the head – there it was, all the colors they were talking about. The trees weren't just green, they were blue, purple and orange. I remember that experience like it was yesterday. I think of it as my awakening."
This recollection of those early years is significant, as it is not merely the facility of the hand that makes the artist, it is the ability to see. John enlisted in the Navy after graduating from high school. During this time, two years were spent in Japan. This environment was instrumental in John's development, as it was here that he became acutely aware of his artistic needs. His drawings from this period reflect the Far Eastern influence and design elements that would mold his eventual style.
After four years in the Navy, John enrolled in the Mexico City College, known for its excellent art department. The influence of the primitive arts of Mexico made an indelible imprint which would be forever expressed during John's career. He made a serious effort to establish an art career on his return to Los Angeles.
Today, John resides with his wife in Santa Barbara, California. His home and studio have the unmistakable feel of his creativity. A collection of wood carvings, weather vanes, ceramic pots, old model airplanes, exotic fabrics and unusual antiques delight the eye. The aesthetic gardens reflect his love of flowers and the magical drawings poetry his never-ending humor.