Dido Powell studied fine art and history of art at Leeds University and subsequently has taught in London colleges for 35 years, as well as four years in Ghana.
Dido focuses on painting still lifes, people, interiors, landscapes and buildings scrutinising them from unexpected angles and cropping them sharply. A preference for strong, deep colours creates a vibrancy and v...ividness to her work which reflects her experiences living in Ghana.
Another motif of her work is a mismatch between the scale of objects and their settings, evoking curious and uncanny moods. Reflections on glass also offer inspiration by providing a source of abstract distortions. Recent works are inspired by urban reflections and landscapes observed in and around Nice, France.
Dido has exhibited widely in group shows – The Royal Academy, Whitechapel Gallery, The Mall Galleries, The Contemporary Art Society- and has had many solo shows and has undertaken painting commissions for public institutions – St. Mary’s hospital, Charring Cross hospital, David Game College- as well as private commissions.
Dido lives and works in London and also presents public lectures and Museum tours through The Institute of Ideas.
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2011 - Adam Street Club, London; 2011 Bloomsbury Art Fair, London;
2010 - The Gallery, Shepherd Market, London
2007 - Chelsea Arts Club
2005 - Gallery 286, Earls Court
2003 - The Royal Commonwealth Society, Trafalgar Square
2003 - Gallery 286
1992 - British Council, Accra
Selected Group Exhibitions:
2018 - Abode, NoonPowell fine art, Park Place Villas,
2014 - Chelsea Arts Club
2013 - Gallery 286, Earls Court
2011 - Bloomsbury Art Fair
2018 - Kerry Thomas
2016-2017 - David Game, Westminster Tutors, staff group portrait, Nigel Atkinson, portrait of Rosie Atkinson
2014 - Chris Clark, managing director of Kwitco
2013, 2010, 2005 - Lorna McLaren, Commonwealth Secretariat, London