ABOUT THOMAS POWELL

A British artist based in Penang, Malaysia, South East Asia.

 

He shares a gallery with two other local artists at 13 Armenian Street, Georgetown.

 

When not completing projects on site he paints from home or in his studio.

 

He has collaborated with the likes of IKEA, Netflix, Marvel, Four Seasons, WWF, and most recently Otter Products and Switch World (to name a few).

 

His paintings on canvas have found their way all over the world and his murals can be seen in South East Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

 

Having recently published a book entitled the "Chinese Zodiac and More" based on a 2014 body of work he has been nicknamed the "Zodiac Artist".

 

He feels that embracing and celebrating cultural diversity is of major importance in today's world. "The immersion of oneself in the culture of others, with genuine interest and respect, allows for understanding and personal enrichment. A world where we can wander without boundaries, with kindness and respect, along with a thirst for friendship, culture and the stories of others – this is a world for our children".

 

His current personal works often utilise Chinese Opera characters. He has started exploring themes around globalisation, consumerism, perceptions within society, human systems, societal control, finance, business and politics especially in the Western world.

 

 

2019

Better Together Challenge, World Culture Open

- Better Together Advisory Member, in PyeongChang, South Korea 

Kecik-Kecik

- Traveling Group Show in conjunction with Penang Arts District and Hin Bus Depot

Book Publication

- "Chinese Zodiac and More" showcasing various murals and other works

Vogue Lounge Murals

- Collaboration with Malaysian fashion photographer Daniel Adams to produce 2 murals

OtterBox and Switch World collaboration

- Painted large scale canvas with 300 magnetised painted phone cases, enabling dual images when attached to the wall and creating limited edition phone cases

IKEA collaboration

- limited edition prints

IKEA

- Mural in newly constructed Batu Kawan Store in Malaysia

2018

NDSM, Street Art Today, Amsterdam

- large canvas for the upcoming (worlds largest) Street Art Museum

2017

Amsterdam Urban Art Festival

- A group exhibition including 40 artists from around the world and a Mural painted for the show

 

Studio and Gallery Opened

- 13 Armenian Street, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

 

WWF Art for Nature

- Sold artwork in ‘Nurturing Nature’ charity exhibition

 

2016

Various Murals in Malaysia and Singapore

 

Shell 125 years in Malaysia

- Mural project at various Shell stations by various artists celebrating 125 years in Malaysia

 

Muar Mural Project

- Large scale mural project on the Dataran Tanjung Emas building

 

Tiger White shoot

- Online advertising campaign

 

‘Doorway to Penang’

- Sculptural painted project utilising murals, old Malaysian doors and traditional Malaysian imagery

 

2015

‘AB+C Arts Exhibition & Charity Auction’

- Donation of ‘Before and After’, acrylic and print on canvas, 87 x 112cm

 

Four Seasons

- Artwork produced for over 100 rooms in the new Four Seasons hotel in KL

 

‘Chinese Zodiac Penang’

– A mural painting project in conjunction with Murobond paints spanning the George Town Festival, Penang, Malaysia

 

‘Indian Summers’

– Produced various artwork for the Channel 4 TV programme

 

‘From Here to There’

– Solo exhibition, Hin Bus Depot, Penang, Malaysia

 

2014

‘Indian Summers’

– Produced various artwork for the Channel 4 TV programme

 

‘East Meets West’

– Group exhibition, a2 Gallery, Penang, Malaysia

 

‘The Chinese Zodiac’

– Solo exhibition for George Town Festival & Macalister Mansion, Penang, Malaysia

 

‘Art For Addicts Sake’

– Charity Auction for ‘Focus 12’, London, UK

 

‘Think About It’

– Group exhibition, Hin Bus Depot, Penang, Malaysia

 

2013

Art Accent

– Group exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Art Square

– Group exhibition with Ernest Zacharevic, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

2012

‘Explore. Dream. Discover’

– An ongoing exhibition in various locations

 

2011

‘Explore. Dream. Discover’

– An ongoing exhibition in various locations

 

Penang joint exhibition / book launch

– Included Howard Tan’s photography and Thomas Powell’s map pieces for Penang guidebook by Keith Hockton and Howard Tan

 

Start project ‘I Believe’

– Concert, dance and exhibition, performed and created by working with underprivileged children for a brighter future

 

2010

RBS - Malihom Artist in Residence (AiR) Programme

– Spent 6 months in Penang, working towards a double themed exhibition ‘Outsider’ and ‘The Goliard’

 

2009

‘Featured Artist’

– Riverside Gallery, exhibition curated by Alan Dalgetty, Holmfirth, UK

 

Group exhibition

– Riverside Gallery, exhibition curated by Alan Dalgetty, Holmfirth, UK

 

2008

‘Extract’

– Group exhibition with Vanilla Galleries, Loughborough, UK

 

‘Art Relay’

– A promotional painting relay project with Vanilla Galleries, Loughborough, UK

 

Vanilla Galleries

– Initially a collective of around 30 artists whom acquired gallery space for exhibitions and events

- Involved in the initial set up and running of events.

 

Newbloodart

– Work produced for the London based online gallery

 

2006 - 2008

Urban Canvas

– Involved in the initial set up and various projects undertaken by the mural painting artist collective

© Thomas Powell Artist

13 Armenian Street, 10200 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

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