About the Artist

Thomas Powell

the Artist

Thomas Powell

A British artist based in Penang, Malaysia, South East Asia.

He has a gallery and studio space at 45 Lebuh Melayu (45 Malay Street).

When not completing projects on site he paints from home or in his studio.

He has collaborated with the likes of IKEA, Netflix, Marvel, Four Seasons, WWF, and most recently Otter Products and Switch World (to name a few).

His paintings on canvas have found their way all over the world and his murals can be seen in South East Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Having recently published a book entitled the "Chinese Zodiac and More" based on a 2014 body of work he has been nicknamed the "Zodiac Artist".

He feels that embracing and celebrating cultural diversity is of major importance in today's world. "The immersion of oneself in the culture of others, with genuine interest and respect, allows for understanding and personal enrichment. A world where we can wander without boundaries, with kindness and respect, along with a thirst for friendship, culture and the stories of others – this is a world for our children".

His current personal works often utilise Chinese Opera characters. He has started exploring themes around globalisation, consumerism, perceptions within society, human systems, societal control, finance, business and politics especially in the Western world.


Projects

2019

IKEA

Mural in newly constructed Batu Kawan Store in Malaysia

IKEA collaboration

limited edition prints

OtterBox and Switch World collaboration

Painted large scale canvas with 300 magnetised painted phone cases, enabling dual images when attached to the wall and creating limited edition phone cases

Vogue Lounge Murals

Collaboration with Malaysian fashion photographer Daniel Adams to produce 2 murals

Book Publication

"Chinese Zodiac and More" showcasing various murals and other works ​

Kecik-Kecik

Traveling Group Show in conjunction with Penang Arts District and Hin Bus Depot

Better Together Challenge, World Culture Open

Better Together Advisory Member, in PyeongChang, South Korea ​ ​

2018

NDSM, Street Art Today, Amsterdam

Large canvas for the upcoming (worlds largest) Street Art Museum

2017

WWF Art for Nature

Sold artwork in ‘Nurturing Nature’ charity exhibition

Studio and Gallery Opened

13 Armenian Street, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Amsterdam Urban Art Festival

A group exhibition including 40 artists from around the world and a Mural painted for the show

2016

‘Doorway to Penang’

Sculptural painted project utilising murals, old Malaysian doors and traditional Malaysian imagery

Tiger White shoot

Online advertising campaign

Muar Mural Project

Large scale mural project on the Dataran Tanjung Emas building

Shell 125 years in Malaysia

Mural project at various Shell stations by various artists celebrating 125 years in Malaysia

Various Murals in Malaysia and Singapore

Various Murals in Malaysia and Singapore

2015

‘From Here to There’

Solo exhibition, Hin Bus Depot, Penang, Malaysia

‘Indian Summers’

Produced various artwork for the Channel 4 TV programme

‘Chinese Zodiac Penang’

A mural painting project in conjunction with Murobond paints spanning the George Town Festival, Penang, Malaysia

Four Seasons

Artwork produced for over 100 rooms in the new Four Seasons hotel in KL

‘AB+C Arts Exhibition & Charity Auction’

Donation of ‘Before and After’, acrylic and print on canvas, 87 x 112cm ​

2014

‘Indian Summers’

Produced various artwork for the Channel 4 TV programme

‘Think About It’

Group exhibition, Hin Bus Depot, Penang, Malaysia

‘Art For Addicts Sake’

Charity Auction for ‘Focus 12’, London, UK

‘The Chinese Zodiac’

Solo exhibition for George Town Festival & Macalister Mansion, Penang, Malaysia

‘East Meets West’

Group exhibition, a2 Gallery, Penang, Malaysia

2013

Art Square

Group exhibition with Ernest Zacharevic, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Art Accent

Group exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2012

‘Explore. Dream. Discover’

An ongoing exhibition in various locations

2011

Start project ‘I Believe’

Concert, dance and exhibition, performed and created by working with underprivileged children for a brighter future

Penang joint exhibition / book launch

Included Howard Tan’s photography and Thomas Powell’s map pieces for Penang guidebook by Keith Hockton and Howard Tan

‘Explore. Dream. Discover’

An ongoing exhibition in various locations

2010

RBS - Malihom Artist in Residence (AiR) Programme

– Spent 6 months in Penang, working towards a double themed exhibition ‘Outsider’ and ‘The Goliard’

2009

"Featured Artist"

Riverside Gallery, exhibition curated by Alan Dalgetty, Holmfirth, UK

Group Exhibition

Riverside Gallery, exhibition curated by Alan Dalgetty, Holmfirth, UK

2008

‘Extract’

– Group exhibition with Vanilla Galleries, Loughborough, UK

‘Art Relay’

A promotional painting relay project with Vanilla Galleries, Loughborough, UK

Vanilla Galleries

Initially a collective of around 30 artists whom acquired gallery space for exhibitions and events - Involved in the initial set up and running of events.

Newbloodart

Work produced for the London based online gallery

2006 - 2008

Urban Canvas

Involved in the initial set up and various projects undertaken by the mural painting artist collective

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