Chantal Powell

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Relic #21 After Piers Wardle, 2012 © Chantal Powell
Against Nature, 2012 © Chantal Powell
Effects Of The Earth's Motions III, 2012 © Chantal Powell
The Effects Of The Earth's Motions, 2011 © Chantal Powell
Siren, 2010 Steel Bird Cage, Gold Spray Paint, Artificial Flowers 164 X 84 X 62 Centimeters © Chantal Powell
My Beautiful Childish Dreams, 2011 Artificial Bay Tree, Hazel Branch, Artificial Flowers, Thread, Cement, Moss, Light Fitting And Shade. 135 X 40 X 40 Cm © Chantal Powell
Encounter, 2011 Peacock Feathers, Thread 40 X 140 X 1 Centimeters © Chantal Powell
Unnamed Aug69 - Oct70, 2009 Recycled Light Box, Found Slides © Chantal Powell
The Collector, 2011 Printers Plates, Spray Paint, Mirrored Glass, Furniture, Light Fittings, Extension Cable 71 X 93 X 27cm © Chantal Powell
The Collector (DETAIL), 2011 Furniture, Mirrored Glass, Printers Plates, Metal, Lights, Cable © Chantal Powell
Remnant, 2010 Found Doilies, Gold Thread Variable (Max 400 X 200cm) © Chantal Powell
Someone to Watch Over You, 2009 Wood, Victorian And Edwardian Carte De Visites, Vintage Photographs, Newspaper And Magazine Cuttings 83 X 115 X 3.5 Centimeters © Chantal Powell
Pilgrimage , 2011 Antlers, Religious Jewellery 59 X 76 X 40cm © Chantal Powell
Against Nature, 2012 Artificial Flowers, Expandable Foam, Concrete, Gold Paint, Steel, Cast Iron, Glue 146 X 53 X 53 Centimeters
The Effects Of The Earth's Motions III, 2013 Found Barometer, Expandable Foam, Gold Paint, Artificial Flowers 65 X 35 X 13 Centimeters
Quick Facts
West Midlands, UK
Birth year
Lives in
Southampton, Hampshire, UK
Works in
Southampton, Hampshire, UK
mixed-media, installation, conceptual, sculpture

Chantal Powell creates seductive sculptural objects that cross the boundary between reality and imagination.

Responding to objects and materials as her starting point, she seeks to understand and manipulate the inherent vocabulary of these chosen materials. Using this visual language she plays with the notion that we are capable of believing in things that have been proven to be false.

"Powell’s work catches us between the theatric and the intimate” 

Chantal Powell lives and works in Southampton, Hampshire. A PhD focusing on the psychology of human relationships informs her work as an artist. Powell's work has been featured on the cover of a-n magazine and been loaned for display in London's Saatchi & Saatchi building. She has been exhibited widely in the UK and internationally, most notably at the 53rd and 54th Venice Biennales. 


Qualifications and training

  • 2002 PhD in Social Psychology, Southampton University, Southampton

Solo exhibitions

  • 2011 The Fall Of The Majestic Elk (2 person show), Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton
  • 2010 Traces and Testament, Westbourne Grove Church Artspace, Notting Hill, London

Group exhibitions

  • 2013 Victoriana: The Art Of Revival, Guildhall Art Gallery, London
  • 2012 Unnatural Natural History, Royal West Academy of England, Bristol
  • 2012 Imprint, Centre For Possible Studies (Serpentine Gallery's project space), London
  • 2012 London Calling, Orange County Centre of Contemporary Art (OCCCA Museum), California
  • 2011 Forest Of Art, Degree Art's Execution Room, London
  • 2011 FLAGSTOP, South Bay Lexus, Los Angeles
  • 2011 Afternoon Tea: Works on Paper at the 54th Venice Biennale, WW Gallery, The Quaffers Pavilion, 1960 Campo San Polo, 30125 Venice, Italy
  • 2011 Received Wisdom, Arlington Arts, Newbury
  • 2011 MOMAC pop up exhibition, Organicstone, Merchants road, Gloucester
  • 2011 Hair, Saatchi's online featured collection, Curated by Rebecca Wilson, Director Saatchi Gallery
  • 2010 Austerity Xmas BOGOF, WW Gallery, London
  • 2010 Here Today, The Outside World Gallery, London
  • 2010 The National Art Open Competition, Chichester, The Minerva Gallery, Chichester (more info)
  • 2010 (un)veiled, Unchosen Film Festival, Bristol
  • 2010 Adventures In Kensal Green, Dissenters Chapel Gallery, Kensal Green Cemetery, London
  • 2010 TIME, WW Gallery, London
  • 2010 Recollection, Chapel Gallery, Lancashire
  • 2010 (Un)Veiled, Asante, Dolphin Centre, Poole, Poole (more info)
  • 2010 Made To Fit, Willis Museum, Basingstoke (more info)
  • 2010 To Be Confirmed, The Bristol Gallery, Bristol
  • 2009 ReOpen, KUBE and Lighthouse Poole's Centre for the Arts, Poole
  • 2009 Travelling Light, London>Venice Biennale, WW Gallery, London and Venice
  • 2009 Cork Street Annual Open, The Gallery In Cork Street, Mayfair, London
  • 2009 Subversive Correspondence, The Gallery at Willesden Green, London
  • 2009 Fete Picasso - Small Art Objects, AIR Vallarius, France
  • 2009 Open Show 2009, Suface Gallery, Nottingham
  • 2009 The Past In Present, The Artworks Gallery, Newcastle

Artist talks

  • 2011 Invitation To Wonderland, Debut Contemporary Gallery, Notting Hill, London

Public commissions

  • 2011 Site specific installation (work in progress), Swaythling Methodist Church (grade II listed building), Southampton, Hampshire
  • 2010 ARC Alternative Christmas Tree, AXIS Gallery, Portsmouth
  • 2010 Commissioned work to increase the awareness of sex trafficking, (Un)veiled; The Europe launch of Love 146; & UnChosen Film Festival, Poole; London; & Bristol


  • 2011 Auction - Jennie & Jessie Gunhammer Trust (auctioneer Hugh Edmeades from Christies), Debut Contemporary Gallery, Notting Hill, London