Photo: Jonathan Powell in Swansea, Wales

Jonathan Powell

Artist, Curator, Gallerist

Jonathan Powell’s work incorporates ideas of shelter and utopia which he explores through painting and drawing. His vision When We Build Again depicts den-like structures as if created by children, cobbled together out of the building blocks salvaged from the remains of the previous buildings and cities. They are flawed buildings of the future, constructive as development of the regeneration process leaving a trail of derelict, crumbling buildings which themselves will eventually become monuments to past failures. His imagined spaces are exterior psychological structures – isolated but delicately connected, forming a precarious city on stilts. Some have been abandoned, some never occupied and some incomplete. These paintings witness architectural invention and a vehement search for the primal need of shelter. Jonathan studied at Swansea Metropolitan University gaining an MA Distinction in Contemporary dialogues in 2012. Since 2007 Jonathan has been Curator and Director at Elysium Gallery, Swansea and also runs the Beep: Wales International Painting Prize and is co-founder of Portfolio Wales. read full statement

Location Swansea, Wales
Activities Curating, Events management, Fundraising, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Painting

News & Events

  • From Here & There: Drawings from the UK

    29/11/2014 – 20/12/2014
    elysiumgallery@The Old Iceland Building, 27-29 High Street, Swansea, Wales, SA1 1NU

    Nearly 100 artists from all over the UK to exhibit on Swansea High Street in a huge show featuring contemporary drawing practices curated by Jonathan Powell...

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  • Beep2014: International Painting Prize

    10/10/2014 – 09/11/2014
    The Old Iceland Building, 27-29 High St, Swansea, Wales, SA1 1NU

    Conceived by artist and Director of Elysium Gallery and Studios, Jonathan Powell, Beep2014 is Wales’ formative international painting prize.

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