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Instinct: A Solo Exhibition by Michael Powell

31st October – 14th November

Opening Night: Friday 30th October 6-8pm


Surface Gallery is delighted to welcome Michael Powell, whose debut exhibition, Instinct, explores colour as energy through paint.  


Powell’s intense paintings evolve through his personal interaction with colour. Inspired by optical art and abstract expressionism, each composition is painted in layers until it reaches realisation, often resulting in heavily textured work. Emotions and thoughts are used during the making process to determine the colour and composition of his creations. “Art is a release, an escape”, Powell tells us. “Painting is incredibly intimate; everything is on show, mistakes and triumphs, for all to see”.


The way we view art has changed, Powell observes. In this now instant world we expect all information to be handed to us, for without it we are lost. We expect art to have meaning and to be inspiring and to illuminate a new way of seeing the world. We expect the artist to have complete knowledge of what and why they are creating. “Why must art be so complex to understand? Why can’t art just be about the image or object in front of us?” Powell wants us to experience a world of pure colour, to become immersed, to return us to our senses.


Exhibition Opening Hours:

Opening night: 6.00pm to 8.00pm, Friday 30th October

Tuesday to Friday: 12.00pm to 6.00pm

Saturday: 11.00am to 5.00pm

16, Southwell Road, Nottingham, NG1 1DL


Free Entry: All Are Welcome