Stephen Powers is an artist whose work I’ve known for quite a while but never really cottoned onto despite having seen many images from his ‘Love Letters’ series. His new show, ‘A Word is Worth a Thousand Pictures’ is on in September in New york and I just wiah I was there for it. The word at the centre of his exhibition is ‘ADORE’ which according to Powers ‘is the base element in every great painting ever’.
Powers work is funny, pithy, satirical and takes swipes at everyday life, love and work through the medium of sign painting. Sign painting; making signs as art and art as signs has been a feature of his work since he started his career as a graffiti artist in Philadelphia. He grew out of the street and into sign painting when he saw:
the strength of starting with the center, working with the businesses, the locals, the legitimate people, and broadcasting out to the periphery, where all my former associates were, in the shadow-land of graffiti.
Ironically it was in Ireland that Powers began his transition from graffiti artist to gallery artist with his famous Love Letter series. So if you’re in New York from the 6th September – 29th September 29 check out his exhibition at the Joshua Liner Gallery in Chelsea
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