Approved: 26.11.2009

Chantal Powell

Artist

Approved: 26.11.2009

Chantal Powell creates sculptural objects and installations that explore concepts of truth, illusion and constructs of reality. With works playing up theatrical facade and illusionary twists, we are led to consider the self-fabrication and deception that occurs in our personal constructions of our realities. A PhD focusing on the social psychology of human relationships informs her practice as an artist. 

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  • Location: Southampton, South East
  • Activities: Lecturing, Workshops, Participatory projects, Public art
  • Categories: Installation, Metalwork, Mixed Media, Sculpture
  • Tags: baroque, materiality, expressive, psychology, scultpure, installation, literature, philosophy, psychology, psychology
 
 

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    Biography

    Chantal Powell creates sculptural objects and installations that explore concepts of truth, illusion and constructs of reality. With works playing up theatrical facade and illusionary twists, we are led to consider the self-fabrication and deception that occurs in our personal constructions of our realities. A PhD focusing on the social psychology of human relationships informs her practice as an artist. 

    She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, most notably at Guildhall Art Gallery in London (alongside Paula Rego, Yinka Shonibare, Grayson Perry and Matt Collishaw), The Royal West Academy in Bristol, OCCCA in California, and at collateral events at the 53rd and 54th Venice Biennales.

    This year she was shortlisted for prestigious Mark Tanner Sculpture Award and selected by Griffin Gallery to create a collaborative work with a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust scholar.  In 2014 she was elected as a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and was a finalist in the Young Masters Art Prize. In 2013 she was awarded a Re:view Bursary for critical and artistic development by The Artist Information Company which led to a period of mentoring by gallerist Danielle Arnaud.

    Powell has also worked on a number of public commissions including an installation in Saltwell Park for NewcastleGateshead Initiative; site specific installations for Guildhall Art Gallery, London and for a grade II listed church in Southampton, and an interactive public work for Museums At Night

    CV & Education

    Forthcoming

    2015

    Enchanted Parks, Saltwell Park, Newcastle Gateshead, UK

     

    Selected Past Exhibitions

     2015

     

    CREATE/MAKE (collaboration with Griffin Gallery and QUEST), Crypt Gallery, London, UK

    2014

    Existential Mirage (solo), Stand Clear Gallery, Portsmouth, UK

    Enchanted Parks, Saltwell Park, Newcastle Gateshead, UK

    Museums At Night, The Guildhall Art Gallery, London, UK

    Young Masters Art Prize, Lloyds Club, London UK

    Young Masters Art Prize, Sphinx Fine Art, London UK

    Burning Bright, Saatchi Suite, Hyatt Regency  (Curated by Rebecca Wilson, director of Saatchi Gallery), London, UK

    2013

    Victoriana: The Art Of Revival, The Guildhall Art Gallery (Curated by Sonia Solicari. Other exhibiting artists include Paula Rego, Yinka Shonibare, Mat Collishaw, Grayson Perry, and Jack & Dinos Chapman), London, UK

    Room Of Wonder, Newcastle Museum and Art Gallery, Staffordshire, UK

    Cave, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UK

    Burning Bright, Saatchi Suite, Hyatt Regency , London, UK

    2012

    Unnatural, Natural History, Royal West Academy, Bristol, UK

    London Calling, Orange County Centre of Contemporary Art Museum, California, US

    Imprint, Serpentine Gallery's Centre Of Possible Studies, London, UK

    When The Artists Move To Albert Square, A-Side B-Side Gallery, London, UK

    The Other Art Fair, Ambika P3, London, UK

    2011

    Afternoon Tea At The 54th Venice Biennale, WW Gallery, Venice, IT

    The Fall Of The Majestic Elk (2 person show), Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK

    FLAGSTOP, South Bay Lexus, Los Angeles, US

    MOMAC pop up exhibition, Organicstone, Glouster, UK

    Received Wisdom, Arlington Arts, Newbury, UK

    2010

    Time, WW Gallery, London, UK

    Traces and Testament (solo), Westbourne Grove Church Artspace, London, UK

    The National Open Art Competition, Minerva Gallery, Chichester, UK

    Here Today, The Outside World Gallery, London, UK

    Recollection, Chapel Gallery, Lancashire, UK

    Austerity Xmas, WW Gallery, London, UK

    To Be Confirmed, The Bristol Gallery, Bristol, UK

    2009

    Travelling Light, WW Gallery, London and toured to 53rd Venice Biennale, UK & IT

    Cork Street Open Exhibition, Cork Street Gallery, London, UK

    Open Show 09, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK

    ReOpen, KUBE Gallery, Poole, UK

     

    Awards

    2015           Shortlisted for Mark Tanner Sculpture Award

    2014           Young Masters Art Prize - Finalist

    2013            Re:view Bursary. Critical and artistic development bursary awarded by a-n The Artist Information Company 

     

    Publications

    2013            Victoriana: A Miscellany

     

    Commissions

    2014    Commissioned by NewcastleGateshead initiative to create outdoor public commission for Saltwell Park, Newcastle Gateshead, UK

    2014    Lucid Dreaming. Public participatory installation for Museums At Night, Guildhall Art Gallery, London, UK

    2013    Nightingale’s Nest. Site Specific Installation for the Guildhall Art Gallery, London, UK

    2011     Site Specific Installation for Grade II listed Church building, Hampshire, UK

    2010     Alternative Christmas Tree for ASPEX gallery, Portsmouth, UK

    2010     Work to raise awareness of sex trafficking, Poole, UK

     

    Other Activities/Achievements

    2015    Artists talk at John Hansard Gallery, Southampton.

    2013    Selector and review writer for Axis MA Stars

    2013    Artist talk with Guildhall Art Gallery curator Sonia Solicari to Love Art London members

    2012    Work selected for Billboard presentation, Boxpark Shoreditch,, London, UK

    2012    Work displayed in Saatchi & Saatchi building in London for six weeks, London, UK

    2011    July host of  COLLABORATE for Blaise & Co Contemporary Art , New York, US

    2011    Work auctioned by Hugh Edmeades (Christies) for the Jennie & Jessie Gunhammer Lupus Trust, UK

     

    Selected Press           

    2013            The Independent

    2013            Fine Art Connoisseur

    2013            Saatchi Online Magazine

    2012            Stylist magazine

    2012            Interview with FAD

    2012            Huffington Post

    2012            Guardian Online

    2012            Culture 24

    2011            Creative Boom. Readers Studios

    2010            AN magazine (Front Cover)                                   

    2010            Country and Townhouse Magazine                                                                                         

    2010            The Big Issue.                                                

     

    Qualifications

    2002                  PhD. in Social Psychology, Southampton University, UK

    1998                  Bsc. Psychology, Southampton University, UK