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.
Places are important to Jason, who regularly expresses pride in being a Bay Area native, saying “I like the Bay Area because it’s where I grew up.” Bus lines and BART stations remind Jason of specific TV shows and movies which reappear throughout Jason’s art works.
Printmaking is an important new skill Jason has learned while working at NIAD. Jason credits facilitator Bill Zindel as a significant influence on his printmaking creative process. Jason says he likes working at NIAD because you can work on what you want, wherever you want, however you want.
// Jason’s available work //
Eternal Idol, curated by Emily Harris // NIAD Online Exhibition // February 2022
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