JD Powell

(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

JD Powell_Beauté sauvage 24 x 20

JD Powell_I am sorry_I am Busy I am living_20 x 16

JD Powell_Like You 20 x 16

JD Powell_Staying Awake 16 x 20

JD Powell_Wrong Lane 24 x 20


John-David Powell (JD) was involved in property management for 38 years as a public servant. The last 20 years were spent taking care of the Federal Monuments in Canada’s nation’s capital “Ottawa”. Included were the National War Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The care and maintenance of these monuments involved a thorough knowledge of heritage masonry.

JD studied painting at the Ottawa School of Art in Ottawa, Ontario Canada.


Statement (Official Recordings)

My experience in heritage masonry has a great influence on my current artwork. Craftsmanship and attention to detail are paramount in completing my work.

My art influences are from the “New York era” of the “1950’s and 1960s. My work for the past 10 years has uncovered aspects of my daily life, which had and have a profound impact on our contemporary culture.

The unforgettable events on the morning of Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, at the Canadian National War Memorial with the ISIS-inspired shooting death of the Ceremonial Guard guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, affected my outlook and philosophy on life.

I focus on the trappings of political power, current events, and social and political issues. Moreover, I very much want to give a voice to those who are often unheard of.

I want to challenge one’s perceptions, perspectives, and assumptions.

Art remains a strong contender of how we share our thoughts and ideas.

I will twist images that the viewer, in the end, may not expect to see.

I want to bring the viewer into new unexplored territories.


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