Robert Powell (b. 1985) is known for his incredibly detailed and scholarly paintings, prints, installations and sculpture. Powell’s unmistakable vision is darkly satirical, revealing humanity in all its perplexing intricacy, grandeur and folly. Drawing on the socially critical works of Hogarth, Bosch, Ensor, Goya and Japanese Ukiyo-e artists of the Edo period, Powell's wit, surgical eye and grasp of human history sets him apart.
'Intelligent, mocking, fun and much more; Robert Powell has a unique artistic voice. His work occupies a place where art meets science and history. With his eye for minute detail and composition, and his head for arcane learning, Powell forces us to explore our past in order to understand our present. His work sits within a European tradition of dark humour executed with incredible flair and expression.'
Tony Davidson, Director of Kilmorack Gallery
Robert Powell is based in Edinburgh and trained at Edinburgh College of Art. He has exhibited in the UK, Canada and Japan, undertaken residencies in Japan and has received numerous awards including the SSA Deloitte Award (2015), the SSA Engramme Exchange (2013) and the RSA Benno Schotz Award (2011).