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Gary Powell Illustration

Gary Powell

Gary Powell has worked as an illustrator / designer / printmaker and educator since graduating from Saint Martins School of Art & Design. Powell has established a significant national and international reputation working on numerous projects that span across editorial, design, advertising, multimedia, including major commissions such as selection for Royal Mail Millennium Stamp Collection; 48 top image makers of Great Britain that included David Hockney, Eduardo Paolozzi, Bridget Riley, Ralph Steadman, Lord Snowden. 

He has won numerous awards and nominations including D&AD ‘Yellow Pencil’ silver awards, Asian awards for Illustration, B&H Gold Pencil award. Powell’s work has appeared in various publications such as D&AD annuals, Images and European Illustration annuals, Design Week, Creative Review, Illustration Now, The Art Book.

Selected Commissions: Editorial / Advertising / Design

Observer, Elle, Director, Royal Mail, Business magazine, Fitch, The Partners, Wolff Olins/Smythe, Michael Peters, Peter Gabriel Limited, Redwood Publishing, Perception, Penguin, BP, Hewlett Packard, Chambers Chapman, Nucleus, BBDO Dusseldorf, New Yorker magazine, J Walter Thompson, Siemans, Diet Zeit magazine, Hot Graphics, Air India, Reuters, Aukett, GQ, Carroll/Dempsey/Thirkell, Graphic Link, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ball Partnership, Bank of America, Conran, Sanyo, Arena, The Face, Royal Bank of Scotland, ICI, Sampson Tyrell, Sam Ubhi, Longmans, National Power, BBC publications, IBM, Caris,

Gary Powell is Senior Lecturer at University of Brighton and Senior Lecturer/ Research Fellow MA Communication Design at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts) and has been involved in education at a variety of Universities and External Examiner to a number of Universities/Institutions including the Royal College of Art, University of Westminster, Kingston University.

Powell has exhibited and spoken at various conferences and Institutions, both national and international, about his work and research activities. In recognition of his achievements Powell was made a patron of he Association of Illustrators. His research activities include a series of collaborative projects/exhibitions on perceptions of Faith and personal belief systems. 

Also as part of research on the theme of ‘Black’ What is it? Powell looks at some of the issues that can be a barrier for equality, education, impact on identity and society. 

Powell also instigates various collaboration with community groups and charities in a number of widening participation involvement / projects that offer aspiration, and learning opportunities to disadvantaged groups; that involve and effect the community and addresses social concerns e.g. CARIS Homeless project, I-dent (Tate Britain), Absent Fathers project etc.

CARIS Homeless project
Powell has worked for a number of years, bringing together professionals from a variety of Art & Design disciplines for Summer projects/workshops for CARIS Homeless project. He also instigated ‘Donate a day’ scheme where various Professionals donate a day (or more), morning or afternoon for free for charity.

Another body of research involves investigating old and new forms of Printmaking; it’s evolution in a digital age. Old technology is the new technology exploring early forms of image making, cyanotype, kalitype, van dyke brown, printmaking etc. Also 3D printmaking.