Andrew Powe was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1987. Powe is a multidisciplinary artist whose current work explores the boundaries between painting and sculpture. In his work, he is interested in the idea of “building a painting” as well as the relationship between building materials and abstraction. As well as exploring these relationships, Powe desires to place his work in a contemporary positioning within the history of and discourse around painting. He draws from a diverse range of influences that span the history of modern painting, including Tatlin, Pollock, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Warhol. Recently Powe has been heavily influenced by the work of contemporary artist Katie Bell (New York) who explores similar themes in her painting-installations.
Powe graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the University of British Columbia in 2014. He has participated in several group shows in Vancouver and was the recipient of the Student Summer Scholarship from the Malaspina Printmaking Society in 2012. He currently lives and works in Vancouver.