Artist – Guinn Powell

September 2016 Artist of the Month – Guinn Powell

Guinn Powell is a Dallas-based artist whose paintings and artwork explore a range of topics from an honest and thoughtful perspective. “My paintings are characterized by the use of everyday themes seen through the eyes of an African American for whom recognition and a conceptual approach play an important role,” Powell says.

This current exhibition will feature five new pieces by Powell from his collection Long Road to Freedom: Historic Witness Accounts of Freed Slaves, which explores the slave narratives of the 1930s through the artist’s lens.

This is Powell’s third exhibition at the Oak Lawn Library, following a popular and well-received exhibit in 2012. His work has been frequently awarded and recognized, most recently at the 2015 Lakewood Library Annual Art Show.

Powell’s paintings continually feature insightful interpretations of complex subjects, and his work is always moving forward. “My work is a constant search for an outlet to explore diverse issues and viewpoints,” he says. “I do not limit myself to one medium, style or concept. Inspiration and ideas change. Knowledge changes. Each piece I create is simultaneously an extension of my heritage, where I’ve come from and what I’ve learned, as well as a reflection of the challenges we still face and the hope we hold for the future.”

Born in Terrell, Texas in 1951, Powell is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.


State Fair of Texas, 1987

First Place Ribbon | “Landscape” | gouche

State Fair of Texas, 1988

Second Place Ribbon | Still Life “Bowl of Apples” | pastel

Fictional 2 Art Exhitibion, 2011

Bath House Cultural Center

Aging drag queen spiraling downward | mixed media

Solo Exhibit, 2012

Oak Lawn Library

El Corazon, 2013

Bath House Cultural Center

Oak Lawn Annual Juried Exhibition, 2013

Second Place | “No Picnic” | acrylic on masonite

Lakewood Library Art Show, 2014

Second Place | “Father and Son, 1951” | acrylic on canvas

Lakewood Library Art Show, 2015

Artist Guinn Powell is currently available for commissioned-art requests.