Others may call Dave Powell the reincarnation of Charlie Russell, but we see a modern, if traditional, man with a new vision for cowboy art. That vision is the “Code,” a sense of the soul of cowboy culture which Dave feels strongly must be preserved.
“The Code is so important; it’s not figured out, it’s not written down, it’s just kind of a philosophy of the cowboy arts,” he says. As an active member of the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA), he believes the job of cowboy artists is “not about painting pretty pictures or painting pictures that sell for a lot of money, it’s about the heart. It’s about the Western soul—the soul of the livestock, the cattle and horses, and the culture that goes with it.”
Dave grew up the son of artists Nancy McLaughlin and Ace Powell. As a youngster raised in Agpar, Montana, where his father worked as a packer at Glacier National Park, Ace met Charles M. Russell at his summer home, Bull Head Lodge. Russell encouraged Ace to become an artist.
Just like his father was mentored by America’s leading cowboy artist, 57-year-old Dave has watched over this generation’s young men who share that same desire to chronicle the West. Dave believes mentoring those young artists is as important as his own work. That’s not the least of the reasons why we love him.
Source: True West Magazine
War Bird Leggings
Artist: Dave Powell
Eyes of the People
Artist: Dave PowellDescription: Watercolor (2013) | Image Size: 10”h x 15”w; Framed Size: 18 ½”h x 22 7/8”w
Dave Powell was born in Montana… the land, the lifestyle and heritage of the state has been a tremendous factor and influence in his career as an artist. He is largely self-taught, but studied with a formidable line up of western artists including Joe Beeler, Robert Lougheed, Bob Scriver, Tom Lovell and Ned Jacobs just to name a few.
Dave’s vast knowledge of history also accorded him the opportunity to provide technical assistance in the film productions of Lonesome Dove, Silverado, Good Old Boys and Seabiscuit.