About the artist
Clive Powsey was born in Ashford, Kent, U.K., 1958, and studied drawing, painting and printmaking at The Ontario College of Art, spending the fourth and final year in an off-campus program in Florence, Italy. He has exhibited regularly in public and commercial galleries since 1981. Group exhibitions include International Waters (1991) with members of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the American Watercolour Society, and The Royal Watercolour Society. The show travelled to Toronto, New York and London. His watercolours have also won awards, including the D.L. Stevenson Award for Excellence (2009) at the CSPWC annual Open Waters exhibition, and Best Watercolour (1999) at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Clive has also worked in animated film and television from 1985 to 2014 with screen credits as an art director and background artist. He has worked for Nelvana Ltd., Walt Disney Animation Canada, Chuck Gammage Animation, Bear Spots, Animation House and Red Rover on commercials, animated TV series such as Droids, Free Willy, Rupert the Bear, Dog City, and Franklin the Turtle, and on movies and direct-to-video productions including Babar: The Movie, Pippi!, and Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas. Unique projects for which he painted backgrounds are an IMAX/OMIMAX format animated short, Journey to the Planets, and a National Film Board documentary co-production, The Dark Years. In September 2014 he volunteered for Team Generous and with nine other animation industry artists made a two minute short movie to promote Habitat for Humanity. He has taught drawing and painting courses at the Ontario College of Art (1988-92), now OCADU, and background painting at Max the Mutt Animation School (1999-2003) in Toronto. He currently teaches drawing and rendering in a Metal Jewelry Design Program and drawing in Continuing Education at North Island College.
Clive’s recent watercolour paintings are primarily landscapes from Vancouver Island and the west coast of British Columbia. This is a landscape of complex terrain where aircraft disappear off radar, ships founder, hikers disappear without a trace -- man-eating landscape that transfixes as it repels. ‘In my landscape paintings I want the feeling of mystery, of depth, of revealed distant domains in which, should you venture to them, you risk being smitten by unknown forces. ’
Clive's hand-pulled prints are built on a foundation of hard-earned drawing skills. Often figurative, they might describe humans with the qualities of organisms, in particular the tension between fecundity and mortality. In this body of work, extinction motifs lie as sediments amongst linear, writhing, animal vigor. ‘I would like my prints to be seen as ordered, structured things of skill and beauty that also communicate the dark realizations that being a human observer entails: flux, chaos and noise, eroticism, existential anxieties, mortality.'
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