It is said the beauty of melancholy; is an opportunity to dig deeper, to allow the walls of our subconscious to crumble as we reach our rawest emotions, and here what our innermost voice is telling us. I have attempted to capture a few of these melancholy moments of life on canvas, please enjoy.
I was born and raised in Burnaby, BC, and spent a great deal of time in the outdoors. I obtained great artistic inspiration from nature and through my time spent with my mother and grandmother as a child listening to jazz music daily. Our home was covered in classical African American Art. Artists such as Charles White, and Paul Gauguin were inspirational as I developed my own style. Throughout this exhibition the viewer will witness a transformation and growth from the artist I was, to the artist I have always been.
Taize Powell is a life long artist based in Burnaby, BC. In addition to his personal art practice he has been a scenic artist in the film industry for the past seven years. This experience has exposed him to a wide variety of artistic mediums and techniques, as well as giving him the opportunity to work with world renowned artists, producers and directors. He feels that it has challenged to push his boundaries artistically and always strive for greatness.
When Taize was growing up his home was filled with African carvings and traditional paintings. This foundation became a strong inspiration for him in his formative years and was reflected in much of his artwork. His current medium of choice is oil on wood or canvas, but he is proficient at a wide variety of finishes and works diligently to perfect his skills. Taize has always loved to paint and draw people, and works to capture their moods, emotions, expressions and feelings by combining realism with the abstract.