It is rare two individual artists combine and express their talents to produce a single body of work. Peter and Madeline Powell have this rare creative alliance. Essentially painting is a solo endeavor, yet the Powell’s have accomplished a seamless blend of unity in their hyper-realistic artworks. Having met on Maui in 1976, they soon started working on each other’s canvases and before too long it developed into a natural way of approaching and completing their paintings.
“Life’s treats and playthings from the past and present are what
we capture in our paintings. We enjoy taking the little things out of everyday life and giving them prominence and importance they had when we were children. Our paintings invoke the childhood spirit that everyday life has buried deep within us.”
Peter & Madeline Powell are artists who have wed exacting technical photorealism to the sensual memories of one childhood’s most pleasurable activities: Eating Candy! Not only getting it, but holding it, looking at it, and unwrapping it - the smell, touch, shape and taste of it all come strikingly through the dramatically oversized images of Hershey Kisses, Bazooka Bubble Gum, M&M’s and lollipops —to name a few. The Powell’s have covered other subjects—most notably Toys, Crayons, Cars and Food. But no matter the subject, the viewer is pulled into a bursting world of form and color.