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Jim Powlan

Extraordinary Copper Etchings Blending East with West and Ancient with Contemporary

Etchings on Silk

Etched Copper 







Artist Statement

trannyThere are several reoccurring themes in my work one of the most important to me is color and texture. Some years back I worked primarily with representational images. In more recent years I have moved more to contemporary abstract work. That said I sometimes drift back and do what I call non traditional Hawaiiana using semi abstract images to tell the story of Hawaii, it’s discovery and peoples.

Blending traditional European style of etching ( Intaglio ) and inks with Asian silk and it’s sense of feel. My hope is that all my images will create peacefulness and serenity in the viewer by giving them a feeling of something is old yet new.

trannyBeing Eurasian myself East meets West is part of who I am.

trannyI start with polished copper plates which for me represent new life and how perfect it is. I then etch ( age ) my plates in acid for 24 hours one hour at a time. This simulates the bumps and bruises, highs and lows of life creating deep relief images etched in to the plate. As in life itself each plate and print tells its own story.

trannyI hand ink the copper plates and print on silk I source from Japan. I will only print an image between one to three times but each is one of a kind as they are printed on different types of silk or with different color inks. Sometimes I will etch a plate and never print it but just turn it into copper art right away.

trannyWhether printing from the copper plate or not I will then take the deeply etched metal and ink, paint and clear coat it. The clear coating gives it a 3D effect but also adds UV protection so the copper is so durable it could even be in an outdoor setting. The copper can be mounted on silk, framed in wood or hung as is to give it a more modern look. Sometimes I bend the copper before painting and mount onto wood forms making it a sculptural wall piece.


Please be aware that Hawaii time is 3 hours earlier than West Coast and 6 hours earlier than East Coast…

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Juried Shows

Art Maui 2019
Pacific States Biennial North American Print Exhibition 2018
Art Maui 2018
Wailoa Center Summer Juried Show – Hilo – 2018
Art Maui – 2015
Hui No’eau Visual Art Center Annual Juried Show – 2015
Hawaii Craftsman Annual State Wide Juried Exhibition – 2014
Art Maui – 2013
Pacific States Biennial National Print Exhibition at U.H. Hilo – 2012
Art Maui – 2010
Art Maui – 2009
Art Maui – 2007
Hui No’eau Visual Art Center Annual Juried Show – 2006


Artist Show Case – Four Seasons Hotel – Saturdays 8 – 1:30
Hana Coast at Travassa Hotel
Maui Hands Makawao


Mullowney Printing – San Francisco
Hui Press – Maui
College of Marin – California

Art in Public Places

Maui Mayors Office Lobby – Permanent Display
Maui Memorial Medical Center Lobby – Permanent Display
Gannon’s Restaurant – Wailea Golf Course – Permanent Display
Artists Show Case – Four Seasons Wailea – Lower Lobby on Saturdays. ( 8:00 – 1:30 )
Maui Community College – Class Act Restaurant


Art Maui Board of Directors 2013 – Present