FAC Gallery: Isaac Powell

Isaac powell

The Department of Fine Arts at Tarleton State University will present an exhibition of paintings by Isaac Powell.  The exhibition will be on view weekdays in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Gallery, February 13 to March 17th 2014. 

The exhibition will feature a variety of works from Isaac’s career, which investigate the structure of the picture plane, while deconstructing common painting subjects such as plants and flowers.  The use of organic imagery is often a metaphor in Isaac’s work for fears associated with his experience after being born devoid of a hand.  “In the paintings”, Isaac states, “I transform personal descriptions of hands and prosthetics into my own visual vocabulary that includes an assortment of botanical representations in various states of definition. Plants act as visual placeholders for hands, prosthetics, and my birth defect.” In 2005, Isaac received the VSA Grand Prize from the Smithsonian Institution, awarded to emerging artists who work with disabilities.

A native Texan, Isaac received A BFA and MA at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX.  He later received his MFA at Washington State University in 2007.   Isaac currently teaches painting at Eastern Kentucky University, and exhibits nationally.


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