- Date 29 October 2017 - 10.00 a.m. - 16 November 2017 - 6.00 p.m.
- Location The Barn Gallery, Kendrew Quad, St John’s College, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3JP
For almost 50 years, artist Frith Powell has worked reclusively in his Oxford studio – wrestling with visual and philosophical themes with single-minded dedication. At last, he has been persuaded to show this substantial and remarkable culmination of a life’s work, dedicated to dressing ‘Nothing in Something…giving shape to entities that lie beyond the bounds of sense experience.’
The four-room exhibition explores Frith
Powell’s extraordinary range and technical virtuosity. The main body of his
work is from the conceptual and enigmatic MuMu
collection, which includes beautiful and quietly challenging oil paintings,
sculptures and drawings. The final gallery draws the viewer into the magical
world of Frith Powell’s alter ego. Entitled The
Singular Apprenticeship of Fabio Penitente, this mysterious and enchanting ‘hidden
archive’ of small sculptures and drawings comprises an entire and coherent
‘alternative’ culture, replete with its own meticulously sculpted artefacts.
feel the essential challenge for me, as an abstract painter, is in creating
what could be called a ‘fiction of reality’, something that looks as though it
might be real, at first sight, or is at least highly suggestive of reality, but
on closer examination is seen to be unrecognizable. Other.’ (Frith Powell
on his MuMu collection)
FRITH POWELL was born in Buckinghamshire in 1947 and studied Fine Art at
Konstfack in Stockholm. He has
travelled extensively, lived in Venice, and spent time with Bedouins,
Aborigines and Batak Tribesmen. He exhibited in Scandinavia and Europe before returning
to England in the 1970s, where he has avoided the limelight almost entirely for fifty
years. The result is extraordinary.
The exhibition is open daily between 10am and 6pm.