Jason Powell-Smith

Jason Powell-Smith has turned an eye to society’s competitive nature. All around us, everyday, people are competing, and we may not even notice it. Sure, athletes are the obvious reference – and Jason creates a number of text drawings noting this – but what about ethics – like “good versus evil” or “us versus them”? Powell-Smith wryly tackles many of the arenas in which our competitive nature battles.

Jason Powell-Smith has turned an eye to society’s competitive nature. All around us, every day, people are competing, and we may not even notice it. Sure, athletes are the obvious reference – and Jason creates a number of text drawings noting this – but what about ethics – like “good versus evil” or “us versus them”? Powell-Smith wryly tackles many of the arenas in which our competitive nature battles.

Places are important to Powell-Smith who regularly expresses pride in being a Bay Area native, explaining “I like the Bay Area because it’s where I grew up.” Bus lines and regional transit stations remind him of specific films and television shows which reappear throughout Jason’s art works.

Printmaking is also of import. Powell-Smith credits the Art Center’s Printmaking Department as a significant influence on his creative process.

// Jason’s available work //


recent exhibition history

The Art Of Resilience: Black Artists Surviving And Thriving In The Bay Area// ACCI Gallery Berkeley 2020

Championship Belt // organized by Deatra Colbert and Ann Meade Mule Gallery San Francisco 2019

Ether Here Nor There: Anthony Grant x NIAD // NIAD Art Center 2019

Collective Memory: NIAD // organized by Hannah P. Mode NIAD Art Center February 2019