Jean Powell

Jean Powell, now in her mid-80s, is an artist remembered as an active committee member of the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts, the Friends of the Durban Art Gallery and other bodies, but is less well known for her own artistic production. She has discovered, taught and helped countless young people to develop skills and talents, but few of us know the breadth of her work, nor her journey through life. This exhibition shows selected examples of her fabric works, traditional graphic works, botanic studies, calligraphy, and her collaborations with architects in vitreous enamel and etched glass.

Jean Powell

Jean Powell

Jean trained in Britain, working in Kenya before coming to South Africa. She is one of the few art teachers alive who taught on Salisbury Island in Durban. She went on to teach textile design at the University of Durban Westville, before moving to the Natal Technical College. She was one of a group of dedicated artists that developed the talents of various communities in Natal under trying circumstances.

The exhibition was curated by Robert Brusse and Diederik Kruger, and sponsored by The Natal Arts Trust.

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