Doug Powell (20th C.)
“Frank Sinatra – One for the Ages”
6,500+ Up-cycled computer keys. 300-500 man-hours to create. Custom metal frame.
Overall Size: 5’10” x 5’2″ (70 x 62 in).
The innovative artist Doug Powell creates the illusion of three-dimensional form
through the use and arrangement of recycled or up-cycled computer keyboard keys.
Each computer key cap has a unique, tangible history that bears the weathered
patina of thousands of uses.
“I want the viewer to ponder the infinite, profound combination of thoughts, ideas
and inspirations that have surely passed through this intellectual porthole…all made
possible with just the common computer key,” Powell said.
From a distance, the three-dimensional mosaics look like a textured painting, but
closer examination reveals an unexpected landscape of hidden words, phrases and
quotes intimately related to the work. In effect, the viewer gets a little history lesson
and further insight into the subject.
Since pioneering the art form in 2010, Powell has had more than 25 mosaics installed
in more then a dozen Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not!” museums worldwide.
In 2017 and 2018, Powell was featured in the Spectrum Miami Art Show during Art
Basel winning the Director’s Award both years as well as Spectrum Selects and
Spotlight Awards. Doug has also been featured in the prestigious Palm Beach Art
Exhibit at the Palm Beach Convention Center, Florida 2018 – 2021.
Powell’s list of commissions is quickly growing and includes Marriott Resorts, Santa
Clara, California; Mary Kay Headquarters, Dallas, Texas; Intel Corporation; University of
Miami and University of Denver as well as many private collectors including patrons
from the Dominican Republic; Mali, West Africa; Saudi Arabia; Austria; Hollywood,
California; Boston, Massachusetts and New York.