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An exhibition of previously unseen works by Richard M. Powers, one of the most important illustrators of the 20th century.
An exhibition of previously unseen works by Richard M. Powers, one of the most important illustrators of the 20th century.
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Fundraising Goal:

We are seeking to raise at least $1,000 to be able to put on an art exhibition.  A portion of this will go towards renting a satellite gallery that has the space to do the large pieces justice, the remainder will go towards professional repair and preparation of the works for display.

Left: Book cover for "Childhood's End" by Arthur C. Clarke. Right: Illustration of Singapore for Life International, August, 1964
Left: Book cover for "Childhood's End" by Arthur C. Clarke. Right: Illustration of Singapore for Life International, August, 1964

In addition to his commercial illustrations, Richard Powers produced a large body of fine art work for his own enjoyment.  Some of it is reminiscent of his surrealistic style, while other works can be more representational:

Left: "Angel Of Death" (Detail). Right: "Martha's Vineyard" (Detail)
Left: "Angel Of Death" (Detail). Right: "Martha's Vineyard" (Detail)

He distinguished between his two bodies of work by his signature.  Works that he did on commission he signed "Powers", whereas works he did for his fine art exhibits are signed "Gorman Powers" after his mother's maiden name.

The Exhibits:

We exhibited a number of these works in June, 2012 in a show entitled "Richard Powers: Public And Private".  Click here to view works from that show.

But wait, there's more!  While going through the works in Richard Powers' estate, we uncovered a number of his experiments in 3-D art!  He constructed shadowboxes combining elements of painting, collage, and found art.  Collectors who are familiar with both his commercial and his fine art work have been surprised to learn about the existence of these shadowboxes:

One of several shadowboxes found among the effects of Richard Powers' estate
One of several shadowboxes found among the effects of Richard Powers' estate

In addition to showing the shadowboxes themselves, we will show other larger works from the estate, including some that illustrate his transition from 2-D to 3-D art.

All images used with permission from the Estate of Richard M. Powers

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    A thank-you card from the estate of Richard Powers

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    A copy of the exhibition poster from this show, "Richard Powers: Seen and Unseen"

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    A reproduction, authorized by the Powers estate, of the painting "St. Thomas, March 1976"

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    A reproduction, authorized by the Powers estate, of the painting "Surreal Landscape"

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    A reproduction, authorized by the Powers estate, of the painting "Angel of Death"

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    Your choice of any of the $25-$100 rewards, beautifully framed and ready to hang!

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    An invitation for you and a guest to attend a private dinner reception at the gallery on Wed Oct. 3, 2012.

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    An invitation for you and a guest to attend a private dinner with Powers' daughter, Kathy Powers Sherry, on Sat. Oct 13, 2012 (Time and location to be arranged).

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