Doug Powell’s introduction to recycling started as a young teenager growing
up in Central New Jersey when he would go door to door throughout the
neighborhood collecting used newspapers and glass containers that would
ultimately end up at the Saturday morning paper drive with the local Boy
Many years later, Doug’s inner creativity from his youth came calling, and
after serving 10 years in the US Navy, this Gulf War Veteran’s art adventure
has become a full time endeavor.
His current medium is cast-off computer keys from clunky old keyboards that
come from a variety of origins. Each piece has a unique tangible history that
bears the weathered landscape of thousands of uses. “I want the viewer to
ponder the infinite profound combination of thoughts, ideas and inspirations
that have surely passed through this Intellectual porthole and all made
possible with just the common computer key.” Says Doug.
Since pioneering the art form in 2010, Doug has transacted over 25 computer
keyboard mosaics to Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not!” permanently installed in
over a dozen of their Museums world wide.
In 2017 and 2018, Powell exhibited in Art Basel Miami and was featured in
the Spectrum Miami Art Show, winning Director’s Award both years as well as
Spectrum Selects and Spotlight Awards. His artwork is currently featured in
the Award winning Guarisco Gallery, Washington, DC and Studio E Gallery,
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Powell’s list of commissions is quickly growing and include Marriott Resorts,
Santa Clara, California, Mary Kay Headquarters, Dallas, Texas, Intel
Corporation, University of Miami and University of Denver as well as many
private collectors including patrons from the Dominican Republic, Mali West
Africa, Hollywood California, Boston, Mass. and New York City.