Public Art Commissions 2008-2016

Renaissance Works. Bermondsey Street. 3m x 3m laser etched stainless steel gates. View of River Thames from original drawing. Installation April 2016

Tooley Street. Southwark Council headquarters. Commission of 4m x 2m oil painting on tin plate steel for atrium. 

Oyster Court, Crampton Street London SE17 Oakmayne Properties. Large-scale drawing and commissioned prints on permanent display. 

Steedman Street SE17. 4m imbedded image on interior wall of new apartment. 

Education Work. Selected Projects 2008-2014

Demolition Drawing:
Extended project involving seven local primary school classes visiting the demolition site of the Heygate Estate over one year to record their impressions and learn about the construction and demolition industry. Final artwork prepared for hoardings to be reproduced on dibond. 

Making a City:
Project involving 13 local primary schools. Each school built parts of their local area from recycled cardboard and paint culminating in a 5000 sq ft 3D cityscape of Southwark exhibited at Hotel Elephant Gallery. 

Victory School: “The Builders”
Year 5 and 6 children produce 2m colour paintings of builders and 6m panoramas of site for reproduction on 30m of dibond hoarding surrounding the site adjacent to the school. 

Elephant and Castle Panoramas:
One day drawing workshops with primary school children recording their neigbourhood. In conjunction with London College of Communication. Funded by Southwark Council. Large scale reproductions displayed in Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre. 20+ primary schools. 

St Peters School. Walworth. Romans, Tudors and Egyptians.
One day drawing and painting project in conjunction with class curriculum. 

Victory School. Signs and Maps:
Rodney Road SE!7. Large scale works by Victory School year six children reproduced on hoardings surrounding the demolition site adjacent to the school. 

Primary Bankers: Siobhan Davies Dance School. Collaborative project.
Small groups of Year 5 and 6 children learn observational drawing and produce a larg scale 3D painting of Elephant and Castle used in a performance at Siobhan Davies Dance School. 

Elephant and Nun Festival. Family Drawing Day.
Drawing workshop from Hotel Elephant Gallery terrace open to the public. Easels donated by Cass Arts. 

Reuben has worked with more than 20 primary and secondary schools in Southwark. 


Exhibitions 2006-2016. Paintings and Drawings

Royal Society of Marine Artists. Mall Galleries. London. The National Open Art Competition Chichester.
The Morley Gallery London. Solo Exhibition.
Painting is Dead, Long Live Painting. Hastings Art Gallery. Beaux Arts Gallery. Bath. Summer Exhibition. London Festival of Architecture.

APT Gallery Deptford. London
The London Group. Menier Gallery. London.
Hunting Art Prize. RCA Gallery London and Trebah Gardens. Falmouth Ligne Roset Mortimer Street London

Mutate Britain One Foot in the Grove. Portobello Road. London
Hotel Elephant. Elephant Shopping Centre. Artist Residency.


1984-1987 BA Illustration. Harrow College of Higher Education
1982-1984 Diploma in Art and Design. Bournemouth and Poole college of Art











Reuben Powell has lived in the Elephant and Castle neighbourhood in Southwark for 30 years. His practice as an artist has a focus on his local environment and the River Thames. Reuben works with a variety of media; from large scale drawings in graphite to his groundbreaking work painting onto tin plate sheets and using new technology to digitally print onto metal.

Reuben’s commitment to his local area has encompassed working with hundreds of local school children (primary, secondary and special needs) on projects relating to the local area. He is particularly concerned with ‘art” being made available to all pupils and its role across all parts of the curriculum as a way of sharpening skills and raising personal expectations.

Reuben is also Director of Hotel Elephant a not for profit company set up in 2007 to provide space for Culture and the Arts in Southwark. Hotel Elephant provides space to 40 artists, an exhibition, education and project space and runs an after school art workshop with local secondary schools. Hotel Elephant works in partnership with local universities and is in receipt of funding from Southwark Council, GLA and Lend Lease. (www.hotelelephant.co.uk)