Preserving the artist's heritage
Phillip Powell (Deceased)
Interviewed in 2006
Sponsored by James A. Michener Art Museum
Gilbert Winner, Videographer
Zoriana Siokalo, Advisor

Artist's Statement:
I'm an artist working with furniture that has sculptural qualities. There's more emotion involved than anything else - I need that.

Phillip Lloyd Powell turned away from his engineering studies at Drexel Institute of Technology, and transformed his hobby of fine woodworking into a successful career. He has designed original furniture in his New Hope studio for collectors as varied as Lennox China, famed writer Paddy Cheyevsky, and Count Adam Gostomski. Essentially self-taught as a woodworker, Powell has taught others at the Philadelphia College of Art and has influenced many other Bucks County woodworkers. For years, Powell shared studio space in New Hope with fellow craftsman Paul Evans, a metal artisan, and began to incorporate metal and found objects into his own work.

Powell has been included in many important exhibitions, including the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, America House, and the Museum of the Philadelphia Civic Center. He draws inspiration from his travels to such varied places as Sicily, England, India, Portugal, and Japan and lived in Spain for three years during the 1970s. In 2002, he was commissioned to create a shovel especially for the groundbreaking ceremony of the New Hope branch of the James A. Michener Art Museum. In 2005, Powell received the New Hope Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Hope Borough Council.

Phillip Powell
79 Main Street
New Hope PA 18938