Cumberland, BC, Canada
About Clive Powsey
I currently produce watercolour paintings that are generally landscapes fromf Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, and drawings and hand pulled (original) prints that are generally figurative and philisophical. Born in Ashford, Kent, U.K., 1958, and studied drawing, painting and printmaking at The Ontario College of Art, spending the fourth and final year in an off-campus program in Florence, Italy. I've exhibited regularly in public and commercial galleries since 1981. Group exhibitions include International Waters (1991) with members of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the American Watercolour Society, and The Royal Watercolour Society. The show travelled to Toronto, New York and London. My watercolours have also won awards, including the D.L. Stevenson Award for Excellence (2009) at the CSPWC annual Open Waters exhibition, and Best Watercolour (1999) at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. I have worked in animated film and television from 1985 to 2014 with screen credits as an art director and background artist. I have taught drawing and painting courses at the Ontario College of Art (1988-92), now OCADU, and background painting at Max the Mutt Animation School (1999-2003) in Toronto. Currently I do some instruction of drawing and rendering in Continuing Education at North Island College on Vancouver Island. My recent watercolour paintings are primarily landscapes from Vancouver Island and the west coast of British Columbia. This is a landscape of complex terrain where aircraft disappear off the radar, ships founder, hikers disappear without a trace -- man-eating landscape that transfixes as it repels. ‘In my landscape paintings I want the feeling of mystery, of depth, of revealed distant domains in which, should you venture to them, you risk being smitten by unknown forces. ’ My printmaking is built on a foundation of hard-earned drawing skills. These are original, not digitally produced prints; they are hand inked, wiped and pulled by the artist. ‘I would like my prints to be seen as things of skill and beauty that also communicate some of the dark realizations that being a human observer entails.'
Ontario College of Art 1976-1980. Graduated in Fine Arts: drawing, painting, and printmaking. Final year in off campus program, Florence, Italy
Selected One and Two Person Exhibitions
2015 The Fifty Fifty Arts Collective, Victoria, BC '
What You See Is What You Get' an exhibition of silkscreen and intaglio prints.
2015 McMillan Gallery, Parksville, BC, 'Transmitted Drawings', an exhibition of silkscreen and intaglio prints.
2013, Art Alchemy, Courtenay, BC, Drawings
2011 Corre Alice Gallery, Cumberland, BC, 'Complex Terrain: Figurative Drawings'
2011 Dales Gallery, 'Man Eating Landscapes', Victoria, BC
2010 The Old School House Arts Centre, Qualicum Beach, BC
2009 Tarbell's Cafe, Cumberland, BC
2007 Comox Valley Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC, with ceramicist Meg Burgess
2007 The Old School House Arts Centre, Qualicum Beach, BC
2006 Muir Gallery, Courtenay, BC, solo exhibit
2004 Hunter West Gallery, Peterborough, Ontario, solo exhibit
2001 Artist’s Showcase, Town Hall, Bowmanville, Ontario, solo exhibit
2001 Rosedale United Church, Toronto, solo exhibit
2000 Hunter West Gallery, Peterborough, Ontario, solo exhibit
2000 Ashton Evicta Gallery, Toronto, with Andrew Kwiecinski
1998 Hunter West Gallery, Peterborough, Ontario, solo exhibit
1995 Gallery 306, Toronto, solo exhibit
1994 Williamson House Gallery, Peterborough, Ontario, solo exhibit
1993 Bancroft Art Gallery, Bancroft, Ontario, solo exhibit
1990 Brock Street Gallery, Kingston, Ontario, with Bonnie Brooks
1990 Gallerie Rochon, Toronto, solo exhibit
1988 The Magpie, Port Hope, Ontario, solo exhibit
1986 Art Gallery of Peterborough, solo exhibit
1985 Thomas Gallery, Port Hope, Ontario, solo exhibit
1984 Thomas Gallery, Port Hope, Ontario, solo exhibit
1984 Trail College, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, with Norma Pattuelli
1983 Thomas Gallery, Port Hope, Ontario, with ‘Inuit Carvings from Quebec’
1981 Gallery 76, Toronto, with Esther Lui