SITI - Ron EA Powell
May 14 - June 11, 2016 (Opening Reception - May 14, 6-8pm), 46 paintings exhibited at Artworks Gallery 19 Everett Aly, Trenton, New Jersey 08611. (609)-394-9436
The Siti Series, combines the sensual color with strikingly soft shape. Inspired Swahili language and art, the artist uses a style he terms “urban relief painting,” in which he masterfully blends contemporary and classic materials, such as spray paint, oil, enamel and gold leaf, in an evocative hybrid of saturated color and sumptuous, curvaceous forms. Derivative of the boldly lush hues found in Kanga art, the Siti Series are serene in vivaciously vibrant color.
Using the Swahili word for lady/respected woman, or “Siti,” the artist endeavors to discover and appreciate the beauty of the female form. Sumptuous line explodes in rich yellows, reds, greens and blues, clashing with violently silky relief texture. In his Siti Series, throughconstant renewed conceptualization of the female form, the artist divines an exquisite essence of womanhood, and a stunningly spirited sense of feminine allure.
Ron EA Powell is a proud NJ born artist. Powell's parents were from families of farmers in Jamaica, deeply connected with the regenerative cycles of life. They gave Ron his four-letter initials “REAP” as a reminder to “reap what you sow". Powell challenges to recognize the urgency of balancing self-identity with a sense of history. His commitment to uniting diverse cultural forces is reflected both in his work and in his exhibit history. Powell is also a hand-engraving craftsman at Tiffany & Co. and has shown his paintings in various New York galleries, and has won fine art awards throughout the country from numerous prestigious arts institutions.