John Powell

John Powell



Mandeville P.O., Manchester, Jamaica
TeleFax/Cell: (876) 581_8729

Born: 1960 Manchester, Jamaica

Education: 1993-94 University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

1987-90 Certificate (Credit.), Fine Art, Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts (EMCVPA), Kingston, Jamaica
1986-87 Knox Community College


2015- Jamaica Biennial-National Gallery of Jamaica
2014-Gallery 50. Toronto Canada
2014-Gallery 50 Toronto Canada
*2012/18 June-July 1,Art Takes Time Square Broadway Premiere exhibition,New York City (NYC)
* 2012/18 May Nyiracsad ThanMor Art Museum-(Hungary Europe)
'Climate Change' Rome/Italy-December 17/2011 to July 30/2012-Fauzi Colletti Gavioli's Insight Space Gallery,next to the Collosseum

2008,2009,-2011 World HIV/AIDS Day art exhibition (Miami International
University of Art & Design 1501 Biscayne Boulevard,

2011 'Art History Channel/21st Century Artists Gallery (Ohio USA)

2009- 'Climate Change-The Impact' ,Mill Street Loft Gallery,45
Pershing Avenue, Poughkeepsie, New York,USA
May 16th,2009

2oo8- 'Climate Change-The Impact',
November 27th,2008 at the historic KORNHAUS,
Kempten,Oberallgau,Germany in the framework of EZA!
10th anniversary,20 artists-9Countries

2008- “Climate Change-The Impact ',Feb 20-March 1-2008-ACA Gallery 183 Queen Street East,(at Jarvis) Toronto,Ontario M5AIS2 Canada

2007- “Climate Change – The Impact “International Digital Art Exhibition -24th August -16th Sept 2007 22 artists -10 Countries, at Lost Dog -1150 Main Avenue-Durango- Colarado USA

2007- Exhibition April 1st-2007,”Climate Change-The Impact “
International Digital Art Exhibition (Wuppertal/Germany)
Exhibition 3rd-30th June 2006-Galerie Kalina,”Regen/Germany”
2006- Exhibition 10th March, Gallery, “Dwor Zieleniewskich”,in
Trzebinia (Trzebinia,ul.j.Pisudskiego 47a).
2005 Bird 2005 International Award, Commonwealth Exhibition, GUFANG GALLERY (Beijing China)
2005- December 9th, (MOKSIR), Poland Chelmek,
2004- Saturn Art,(Online Exhibition.) North American host site
2004- Cologne Cyber Dome,( Online show.) Central American host site.
2004- Celebrating Venus Transit, (Worldwide Online show.) Hawaiian
host site
2004-05 Exhibition & Auction ,
Saint-Auvent Castle (France), . . . .
2002-04, Online Gallery,(Europe)
2003-04 abs - gallery .com


1990-97 Bracoe Village Resort, Jamaica
Edna Manley College (EMCVPA)
2005- Devon House (Tsunami Project/Donation)

2000 Jamaican Artists & Craftsmen Guil, 10th Anniversary Show,
Le Meridien,Jamaica Pegasus, Kingston Jamaica

2001- Artist of the Year, the Mutual Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica
1997-2003 Sun Art Gallery, Half Moon Hotel, Jamaica

1990-96 Annual National Exhibition,
1998,2000 National Gallery of Jamaica.

1997-2004 Gallery Pegasus, Kingston, Jamaica

2001 Tryall Golf Club

1994- 2000,
2001-2003 Mandeville Annual Arts Exhibition,
Manchester, Jamaica

1999 Mid-Generation, Mutual Life Gallery, Kingston,
1994-98 Young Generation, Mutual Life Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica

1996 M. K. Gallery,Spectrum Gallery Red-Cross, Le Meridien Jamaica Pegasus, Kingston, Jamaica

1995 Mico Teachers’ College, Kingston, Jamaica Heart Foundation of Jamaica

1993-94 Young Talent, The Bay Gallery, Montego Bay, Jamaica

1993 Rotary Art Auction, The Bay Gallery, Montego Bay, Jamaica

1991-92 United Foundation of Jamaica, Mutual Life Gallery, Kingston,Jamaica

1991 Chelsea Galleries, Kingston, Jamaica

2018-Julius Caesar art award curated by Salvatore Russo,Francesco Saverio Russo-Italy-Rome
Inducted into the Caribbean "Hall of Fame"award for excellence in Fine Arts (2014)
2012 Nomination for the American Biographical Institute's prestigious honor,MAN OF THE YEAR 2012,for distinctive accomplishments in your field,by (ABI) Inc.
2007 Man of Achievement Award by (ABI),Inc.
2007 Gold Medal for Jamaica,by (ABI)
2005- Honorable Award-Bird2005 International Art Award,
Commonwealth Competition, Beijing Natural Culture Center (Beijing China)

2003-2004 Golden Web Award winner,

2002 Kara Art Bronze Award,, . .

2002 Man of Achievement Award by the International Biographical .
(IBC), Cambridge, England

2002 21st Century Award for Achievement by the International .
Centre (IBC), Cambridge, England

2001 Nomination for International Man of the Year by the
International Biographical Centre (IBC), Cambridge, England

2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 21st Century by the International
Biographical Centre (IBC), Cambridge, England
1998-2003 Four, Certificates of Recognition & Who's Who in the World
of Arts-15th,16th, 17th & 20th, Editions by Marquis Who's Who
Publication Board.

2005 Certificate of Collection, for artwork Spirit of 'Piece' by Artist
John Powell, was collected into the Beijing National Culture Center

1990 Two, National Certificates of (MERIT)

1991 Bronze Medal, (JCDC) Festival Competition

1986-1990 Rotary Scholarship


Invited by Rotary international as keynote speaker on the topic: (Art
and the Economy-Hit or Miss)-2009.
Dissertation/Thesis, Art appreciation classes, looking at Art,
research papers, interviews, locally & Internationally (done on : John
Interviewed by: Japanese Journalist, Shogo Sugawara,
Director of NHK-TV Company,for the japan TV audience February-
TVJ, program:Smile Jamaica -1997
RJR Intertainment News,Program: Sounds and Scenes.
Nyack College, Manhattan N.Y.(USA), by Student: Denice.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, (USA), by student: Beth.
San Antonio College (Texas), by student: Maria Vasquea.
Edna Manley College of The Visual & Performing Arts, (EMCVPA),
Kingston Jamaica, by a student of the (School of Visual Arts).
Northern Caribbean University, (N.C.U), Student.
Artist-in-residence Bracoe Village, 1997.
Consultant Contemporary Who's Who, American Biographical
Consultant editor, American Biographical Institute.
Nominated by The Internal Committee to participate in the Fifth Annual - International Biennial of Contemporary Art

Namination for the United Culture Convention’s International Peace Prize, 2006,by The
United Convention of the United State of America (ABI).
December, 2005, Fortezza da Basso in Florence, Italy,
I1 Presidente della Biennale
Prof .Pasquale Celona
Invited to exhibit in the Florence Biennale Italy.Biennale Internazionle
Pro.Pasquale Celona and the Committee.
The International Scientific Committee has selected/invited Mr. John
Powell to
participate in the Biennale as Exhibiting Artist for his country 'Biennale In-
ternazionale dell' Arte Contemporanea',the fourth edition in Florence
December 2003.
President of the Biennale
Prof .Pasquale Celona

? National Gallery of Jamaica, Metro. Museum of Art
? Contemporary Who's Who, Board member,
? (American Biographical Institute)
1. Webism Group of Worldwide Artists
2. I SA-International Society of Artists
3. Climate Change-The Impact (World)
4. President of World Art Games (WAG),Jamaica


2018-The Best Modern and Contemporary Artists curated by Salvatore Russo,Francesco Saverio Russo-Italy?Rome
Internation Dictionary of Professionals-
ABI Definitive Professionals Reference Book 2012
Contemporary Who’s Who 2003/2004, published by, American Biographical Institute
Contemporary Who’s Who 2004, publication by, American Biographical Institute, International Directory of Experts and Expertise 2005-2008, Premier Edition, American Biographical Institute
Inducted/Listed in the (Register of the World’s Most Respected Experts) by, (ABI), 2006
Contemporary Who’s Who, (World’s Most Respected Experts), by (ABI), 2007

Russian newspaper:Rabota i Obrazovanie “Captioned”: Artpeople
The Jamaican-A Rayne Publication Volume 111-1989
Who's Who & What's What in Jamaican Arts & Entertainment,1st Edition
The Millennium Edition of Who's Who in the world
Who’s Who in the World 26th Edition-2008
Who’s Who in the World 25th Silver Anniversary Edition
Who’s Who in the World 2007-24th Deluxe Edition
Who's Who in the World, Classic- 23rd Edition
Who's Who in the World, Classic- 22nd Edition
Who's Who in the World, Classic- 21st Edition
Who's Who in the World, Classic- 20th Edition
Who's Who in the World, Classic-19th Edition
Who's Who in the World, Classic-18th Edition
Who's Who in the World, Classic-17th Edition
Who's Who in the World, Classic-16th Edition
Who's Who in the World, Classic-15th Edition


? Dictionary of International Biography, 27th Edition
? Dictionary of International Biography, 28th Edition
? Dictionary of International Biography, 29th Edition
. ? 1998, 99-01, 02
. ? 2000 outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century -2008-(IBC), publications
Madison Who’s Who include edition 2005-2010 Publication
. ? Outstanding People of the 20th Century, 21st & 2nd Edition, International Biography, IBC
. ? Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th Century, International Biography, IBC Publications
. ? Inducted in the book, 'Living Legends”, International Biography, IBC Publications


* Nyiracsad ThanMor Art Museum-(Hungary Europe)
Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Jamaica
Bank of Jamaica (BOJ),co-operate collection
In the National Collection of the state of (Chelmek Poland)
Beijing National Culture Center, (Beijing China)
Wesley Salter, Attorney-at-Law é Sir Florizel Glasspole é Sir Howard Cooke é Senator Oswald Harding é Donna Scott-Mottley é Dr. Karl Runcie, USA é Malcolm Uglow (Canada) é Daniel Switalski, USA é Vernon Chung, é Bank of Jamaica Governor, Derick Latibeaudiere é French Embassy (Kingston) é Citizens Bank é ICWI Group é Bank of Nova Scotia é Dr. Olive Lewin é Hope Brooks, artist and Dean, Edna Manley College for the Visual & Performing Arts EMCVPAé Rev. Carmen Stewart, Custos of Kingston & St. Andrew é Michele Naylor, lawyer é Dr. & Mrs. John Malcolm é Wesley van Riel, economist é Vivian Crawford, banker & executive director of the Institute of Jamaica é Ron Burgess, businessman é Roy Golding, banker é Pat Kentish, artist é Dr. Robinson é Dr. Beryl Allen, lecturer, UWI é Mr. Peyser, hotelier, USA é Ms. Barbara Peart, Cable & Wireless Branch Manager é Bracoe Village Resort Hotel é Deborah Vamdame, Canada éMr. William S. Richard, Canada éJanice Elliot, salesmanager Euro Star Motors Limited éDrs. Wade & Velmoure Morgan éMr. & Mrs. Jupont, Belgium éBob Lily, Chicago éAngela Wilson, England éLavern Laslron, (Belgium),Sadie Song

Rev. Carmen Stewart, Custos of Kingston & St. Andrewé Mr. Daniel Switalski, USA é
Mrs. Daisy Chung, business éMr. & Mrs. D. Young éBridgeport Comprehensive High School (presented to the Governor General of Jamaica The Right Honorable Sir Howard Cooke) éMrs. McNair Margaret é Mrs. Margaret Kuchenrenther, US

Represented by:

. ? Galerie kalina “Regen/Germany”
. ? Gallery Pegasus
. ? 81 Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston 5, Jamaica Tel: (876) 926-3690-9 Ext. 3020,
. ? Fax: (876)-929 - 5855 - Email:
. ? Gallery NordHof (Germany)
. ?

Artist Statement
My work speaks in a context of time,a painter and more recently exploring Photography.I choose not to privilege any one medium.The emotional and psychological content of my subject,the way the body expresses its dialogue/emotion.It contextualizes the concepts of the duality of the meaning of the imagery. My style is an expression of my phillosophy which becomes a language,using,Post Modern,Expressionism,Latin American Tradition,Surrealism,soft Classism and Photography.It expresses my deep awareness of global issues and is counterbalanced with my cultural heritage.
My inspiration originates from life/nature; Its too spiritual to express.However,it is the same expressive energy as the work,transfused between energies;I use a certain iconograhy,which becomes a language. My art has helped me to see that nothing on earth is solitary,all things are interlinked.

In order to see the 'impossible',you need to see the "invisible";
My art is a 'leap',only if the viewer can listen;
The unique expression in my art,is an attitude /language of my style but is easily understood in its emotion;
My art Carries powerful messages about me/maker;
In my compositions,even though the figures kisses and harmoniously balanced and interlocks with another, all actions are synchronized conceptually.Each figure is psychologically isolated from the others in his own realm and from the viewer;In a mood of introspection and sad contemplation prevails, in his or her own intimate dialogue.
I create an archive of images that are,socially powerful and visually poetic;
The truth of life is revealed in nature;As an art creator,I am guided by nature,from which I have formed my art;All man made forms are from'nature',hence the 'dependence'on nature;I am more concern about man's Psychological and spiritual well-being,than his physical needs;I have gradually become aware that my own development as an artist influence by two energies;God and nature/life;
Diversity of the capacity to break monotony and engage the hidden realms of energies and causes them to arise to communicate with the hidden realms of nature;Energies which cannot be explained/taught,they can'only',be experience to commune/learnt;Art awakens the realms of these energies and process/evoke them in dialogue...;

The.'spirit'is higher than the 'mind' and 'body',its metaphysical,which I focus on because of its intense abstract,philosophical, imaginative transcendentical power;This'spirit' permeates the pores of my concepts;
My art expresses,my deep awareness of global and urban issues is counterbalanced with my cultural heritage;
Inspiration:Life and the mental energy that creates the dialogue,leaps and spirals into the imaginative energy and breaks the Monatony...;
To paint reality,not dreams because I don't know what dreams are;It is always clear what belongs to the real world and what belongs to the dream world;I don't think dreams/paint them and I don't experience dreams but I know about life because life is visible,I can feel and touch it;
I cannot discribe my process of creating,it's too spiritual to express,however,it is the same expressive energy as the work itself,transfused between energies...;
My work explores the hidden region of the psyche.Inspiration comes from an awakening reality in which the visible world and the interior reality interpenetrate and fused.
The accent placed on the "power of the imagination,childlike innocence".Imagination alone informs me of what could be;Pushing the irrational to its ultimate consequences.
I use a certain iconography/language in my work,which becomes a characteristic of me.
What i imagined and believe becomes a reality in my art.
Art defines itself.
An attitude in the thinking of my work is,reductionism,where i reduce images to symbols,hence the symbolistic expression,which preoccupied and resonates my work and become my style of expression.
Some lessons in Art can't be taught,they must be lived to learn them.
I transcend intellectuality into forces...which my work manifest.All things were being manifest to my sensuality before they were being transcend.
Art is an expression of a spiritual journey.
Time,time didn't exist until the time,so as my paintings didn't exist until it was time, who brought it to time.
Art has helped me to see that nothing on this earth is solitary,all things are interlinked/connected.Nature relate and harmonize with each others' existence.

Understanding of my paintings,involves two people's imaginations:the spectator's and the artist's.To get into my paintings to see what it is really about,you need to know what to look for and be prepared to use your imagination.

Getting involved in this way, makes a voyage of discovery in "reading" the intellectual/emotional content of my paintings:The use of symbols etc, the appeal to the senses of colour; the display of emotion through colour,the expression of social and cultural attitudes.My paintings should enlightens the mind and sparks the imagination and if it does,it has become my voice.

Light is not just to show movement and effects on form and colour but to awaken the intent of the soul in my paintings.
I trive for the general and typical;appealing to the mind rather than the senses,through colour, form and composition.

The figure:Each figure must "read" exact emotions that relate them to the given event.
I do not marry to the content of my art,only to the (spirit) of the content.

Great art lives by its owe rules and timeline,which hardly ever favor the artist who creates it.There is a silent quality in great art that you can sense in both old masters and Contemporary leaders.

If art speak's beyond the times of its creator,it may be great.
I don't rely on someone else's opinion,to tell me what art is unique/superior or not.I beleive any one who can handle their own intellect alongside of their soul and express a balanced rendition of their uniqueness married between the two,that's a valuable clarity. That's how i judge another's art to residing in the neighborhood of a higher level.
I find/create a language that evoke the situation or image that speaks in the future tense.I beleive that art is a spiritual calling.It should engage in spiritual realms.
It reveals that which lives within.
It is not merely, a vehicle for religious and social teachings but a mode of expression. It reflects aspects of time and the compression of the space and the mood of sadness that permeats it ,and conveys a psychological tension. It reflects a spiritual force. The process of my work is a dialogue,which changes as time passes and this dialogue is the principle that governs the process of my work. I take inspiration from my intimate dialogue.

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