Gary Powell is a graphic designer and illustrator.
His award winning and widely-published work is often a juxtaposition of different elements, drawn and found, amalgamated utilising collage and printmaking techniques.
Through the making of these images he investigates a range of issues including the perception of faith and its links to art, migrant identities and printmaking techniques in the context of the digital.
Powell's work is often a juxtaposition of many different elements, drawn and found and that are amalgamated utilising collage and often taken through different forms of printmaking. Screen print has been the basis of many of Powell’s personally innovative image making that is often layered with communication and meaning.
Gary Powell has worked as a designer and illustrator since graduating from St Martins School of Art & Design in 1985. Originally studied a degree in Graphic Design, before postgraduate studies at St Martins where he achieved a distinction.
Gary's work is often a juxtaposition of many different elements, drawn and found and that are amalgamated utilising collage and often taken through different forms of printmaking. Screen print has been the basis of many of Powell’s personally innovative image making that is often layered with communication and meaning.
For Gary Powell his personal work underpins his professional practice. One of the main focuses of his recent research is a body of work on the theme of “Is faith the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen?”, a project about perceptions of faith and its links to art. This has also involved a series of collaborative works/exhibitions with Andrew Foster on ‘Faith’ and personal belief systems, which involved visual and verbal debates, exhibitions, interactive installations, printmaking, website, limited edition books etc. ‘Show of Faith- Part One’ (Candid Gallery, London 2000) and ‘Faith2Faith’ (European Illustration Gallery 2001).
Another avenue of Gary's research is investigating old and new forms of Printmaking, its evolution in a digital age, old technology as the new technology, exploring early forms of image making, cyanotype, kalitype, van dyke brown, printmaking along with advances in 3D printmaking.
Gary Powell has established a significant national and international reputation working on numerous projects that span across editorial, design, advertising and multimedia. His work was selected for the Royal Mail’s Millennium Stamp Collection alongside 48 top image makers of Great Britain that included David Hockney, Peter Blake, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bridget Riley, Ralph Steadman, Lord Snowden, Allen Jones, Don McCullin, Howard Hodgkin, George Hardie, Andrzej Klimowski.
Gary Powell’s clients include Hewlett Packard, Observer, Elle, Royal Mail, BBDO Dusseldorf, New Yorker magazine, Fitch, The Partners, Wolff Olins/Smythe, Michael Peters, Peter Gabriel Limited, Redwood Publishing, Perception, Penguin, BP, Nucleus, Siemans, Diet Zeit magazine, Hot Graphics, Air India, Reuters, GQ, Carroll/Dempsey/Thirkell, Graphic Link, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ball Partnership, Bank of America, Conran, Sanyo, Arena, The Face, Royal Bank of Scotland, ICI, Sampson Tyrell, Longmans, National Power, BBC publications, IBM.
He has won numerous awards and nominations including D& AD ‘Yellow Pencil’ silver award, Asian award for Illustration, B&H First Prize Gold Pencil award for Illustration. Powell’s work has appeared in various publications such as D&AD annuals, Images annuals (AOI), Design Week, Creative Review, European Illustration annuals, Illustration Now, The Art Book, Millennium stamps -The stories behind the stamps - Royal Mail, Illuminations (solving design problems through illustration), Le Book (France), Various agents artist books, the award winning "A thousand years, a thousand words" and ‘Freedom’ - A celebration by Artists and Illustrators limited edition book for Amnesty International.
Gary has spoken at various conferences and institutions about his work, both national and international, as well as being external examiner to a number of institutions including The Royal College of Art. He has also been a judge on different panels and competitions/ awards. In recognition of his achievements Powell was made a patron of the Association of Illustrators in 1999.
He has worked for a number of years bringing together professionals from a variety of Art & Design disciplines for Summer projects/workshops for the CARIS Homeless project. He also instigated ‘Donate a day’ scheme where various Professionals donate a day (or more), morning or afternoon for free for charity.