The Unadulterated Compositions of Terrell Powell
We are happy to officially announce another addition to our stable here at Waxlander Art Gallery & Sculpture Garden! Terrell Powell of Austin, Texas has recently joined our team, contributing colorful, folk art-inspired pieces.
Terrell’s creation experience is unique in that he practices an intuitive selection process when deciphering his subject matter. This pseudo blind jumping off point leads him on a journey that culminates with a surprising and bold composition. It is often not until much later that the artist sees or begins to understand why he subconsciously and intuitively chose a given subject – and it is that belated comprehension that illuminates the purpose of a given piece.
Terrell explains, “Past experiences, dreams, and observation of everyday life inspire my work. I view paintings as a learning experience – a kind of therapy. I’m interested in the subconscious or intuitive selection of images that are incorporated into my paintings, especially those whose significance may only be made certain at some point later in time.”
He continues, “Spontaneity is very important to me – the chance for just something to happen in a painting. For me the uncertainty of what will happen is an essential aspect of making art. There is something troubling about not knowing all the answers. I suppose that’s why I paint.”
How interesting that Terrell welcomes the ‘troubling’ lack of knowing where a piece will go. This sure sounds like it would make for an exciting creation process. Terrell lets go of the notion of a plan, throws the idea of a blueprint to the wind, and simply sets off on an unidentified path.
Although Terrell might be unaware of where a painting is going, he does feel that his body of work echoes the circumstances of his life and serves as a ‘documentation of his personal reality.’ By looking at his work, we can see that his reality is one of rich color, energetic gestures and profound whimsy – what beauty and joy his reality must be!
Terrell has found an unending source of inspiration in the “naïve and primitive quality of children’s artwork and the work of folk artists, whose bold and direct approach to art making are refreshing.” He values the unaffected nature of these styles, and it is clear that he omits the traditional rules of perspective and proportion in his work.
This omission leaves the viewer with an unblemished composition – one that is a pure reflection of the artist’s subconscious reality.
We invite you to view Terrell’s artwork in person and are proud to say that we are currently housing 26 of his brilliant pieces. Come be inspired by the unadulterated works of Terrell Powell.
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