Richard Powers: Seen And Unseen

NEWSFLASH!  Exhibit extended through Oct 31!

Baldwin Hill Art & Framing and Gallery 55 present:

Richard Powers: Seen And Unseen

2D & 3D Works From The Powers Estate

Sept. 27 through Oct. 31, 2012
Reception: Sun. Oct. 7 5-10 PM
Gallery 55, 55 S. Main St Natick, MA


We would like to invite you to our second exhibition of the fine art work of Richard M. Powers, featuring his shadowboxes and larger works.

Shadowboxes and Arrangements

Cover for "Tarzan Triumphant", showing the torn-paper-collage technique.

Collage elements in a surreal landscape.

Collage and montage are common elements in Powers’ works.  A number of his book covers featured elements with ragged edges.  In many cases these were produced by tearing pieces of paper (sometimes paintings in their own right) and attaching them to the painting.  These could be used to depict landscape features, shadowy figures, or simply abstract elements.

He also produced more formal arrangements, combining one or more individual paintings with torn paper, small sculptural elements, pebbles, shells, and other found objects.  He would often mount paintings on 1/2″ thick foam board and attach that to a larger background giving a sense of depth.

Untitled triptych of three small paintings.

Perhaps the most interesting and least-known of these arrangements are his shadowboxes which combine paintings and sculptural elements.  We are privileged to have a number of these as part of this exhibition.  Many are approximately 30″x40″ and about 4-6 inches deep.

Shadowbox with four small paintings and sculptural elements

Shadowbox with small painting floated over background painting and including sculptural elements

Large Works

We are taking advantage of the wonderful space available at Gallery 55 t0 exhibit some of the largest works in the Powers’ estate.  Throughout his life Powers was known for painting on whatever happened to be at hand.  In his later years he took to painting on sections of hollow-core interior doors.  These were cheap, readily available, and came in convenient widths from 28 to 36 inches.  With proper edge trimming, these pieces had depth and presence while remaining relatively lightweight.  Many of these works were done in his “surreal landscape” style with torn paper collage elements and stark, angular black and white lines.

Untitled surreal landscape, approx. 60"x36"


We will hold an opening reception at the gallery on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 5 – 10 PM.  Light refreshments will be served, and a member of the Powers family will be in attendance.

We will hold a closing reception Sunday, October 7, from 5 – 10PM.  A member of the Powers family will be in attendance.

Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 9:30 AM – 5 PM and Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.  Visits may also be made by appointment.  Please contact Tamu at or call 508-720-0310