Michael Powell’s practice’s primary concern is image making, located around painting, found photography, collage and installation. Working with oil paint on acrylic sheets, painted elements converse with partially obscured digitally printed collages which reference popular culture and art history. Occasionally working through narrative series, found objects such as inflatables hint at the hidden fictions and realities at play within appropriated stories from film and television referenced within the visual plane, their narratives offer reflections of our past and present conditions. Powell foregrounds a studio based approach to making, emphasising experimentation and intuitive aesthetic decision making. Powell encourage these models of working in his teaching, stressing process and experimental methodologies.
Having studied painting at Leeds Polytechnic as an Undergraduate, Michael Powell went on to study a Masters in Art History at Leeds Metropolitan University. At Leeds Beckett University Powell is involved with both the academic and technical aspects of the Fine Art courses; working as both a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, and as a Principal Learning Officer in Fine Art in relation to painting and installation.
Teaches across Level 4 and 6 Undergraduate Fine Art programmes.