Upon Her Gaze

Upon Her Gaze

Acrylic & print on canvas, 87cm x 87cm, 2014

Cultural Impressions 2

Cultural Impressions 2

Acrylic on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

Under One Flag

Under One Flag

Acrylic and print on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

Traditional Designs

Traditional Designs

Acrylic and print on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

Street Art

Street Art

Acrylic and print on canvas, 112cm x 87cm, 2014

The King and Queen

The King and Queen

Acrylic on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

No Rush

No Rush

Acrylic and print on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

Over Her Shoulders

Over Her Shoulders

Acrylic and print on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

Lions of China St

Lions of China St

Acrylic & print on canvas, 87cm x 87cm, 2014

On Their Shoulders

On Their Shoulders

Acrylic on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

Piercing Gaze

Piercing Gaze

Acrylic on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

Reminiscence

Reminiscence

Acrylic and print on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

Street Performance

Street Performance

Acrylic and print on canvas, 112cm x 87cm, 2014

Rituals

Rituals

Acrylic and print on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

Import Export

Import Export

Acrylic and print on canvas, 112cm x 87cm, 2014

Formal Attire

Formal Attire

Acrylic and print on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

George the Dragon and Tiger

George the Dragon and Tiger

Acrylic on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

Ford not Ford! acrylic & ink on canvas, 87 x 87cm

Ford not Ford! acrylic & ink on canvas, 87 x 87cm

Acrylic and ink on canvas, 87cm x 87cm, 2014

Elements of Influence 1

Elements of Influence 1

Acrylic on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

Elements of Influence 2

Elements of Influence 2

Acrylic on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

For all

For all

Acrylic and ink on canvas, 87cm x 87cm, 2014

Before and After

Before and After

Acrylic and print on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

Ancestral Sword

Ancestral Sword

Acrylic and print on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

Changing of the Guard (1957)

Changing of the Guard (1957)

Acrylic on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

Cultural Impressions 1

Cultural Impressions 1

Acrylic on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

Textural

Textural

Acrylic and print on canvas, 87cm x 112cm, 2014

From Here To There

The world has always been a place of exchange, with the migration of people influencing others and their respective environments. The vibrant and diverse “melting pot” that Penang has managed to cultivate is a result of such exchanges. Whilst it has taken time and in some cases a terrible toll, due to the differences in people and cultures, the overwhelming feeling is one of a positive existence.

 

This body of work, based on personal observation, is a visual representation of the influence of past and current exchanges between peoples and cultures-it celebrates the resulting effect. It recognizes the mix of cultural influences that have created present-day Malaysia, highlighting Penang in particular with its rich tapestry of traditions, religions, attire, architecture, festivals and ceremonies.

 

Thomas Powell is a British artist who first came to Penang in 2009 as an artist in residence. He has been travelling back and forth since and could almost consider himself a local in Penang. He recognizes the historical impact the British have had on Malaysia and although these exchanges were not always edifying, many beneficial remnants remain and have an impact on people’s lives today.

 

This exhibition can be seen as a tribute to his time spent in Penang as he feels it has had a profound impact on him both as an artist and as an individual.

© Thomas Powell Artist

13 Armenian Street, 10200 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

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