You put the magnifying glass up to a Robert Powell etching and what do you see? It’s always eye-poppingly detailed and enlightening: an over-crowded island after the flood, Daphne escaping Apollo’s advances by turning into a laurel, wildmen, a city of mirrors, an oligarch on tour, a vain architect. These are some of the best stories ever told, and in them Powell shows us fantastical follies and strange human achievements. It is hard not to smile.
Powell’s unique visionary gift and technical brilliance have global reach.
This latest body of work, “Bound for other Isolations,” is another wonder. It consists of over twenty etchings, watercolours and sculptures, which explore travel, exile and solitude. Here Powell, the ultimate artistic polymath, has compiled Scheherazade-like a collection of works which show movement in time, space and imagination. Powell is an artist who knows no borders, and we are very honoured to celebrate these latest works of this significant Scottish artist with this catalogue and exhibition.