Eugene Power was brought up in North West London by Irish immigrant parents that had settled there after coming to the UK in the mid-1950s. He is one of 5 siblings, all of which have pursued careers in the creative arts; a field that he has personally been involved with for the past 35 years. The core of his practice is focused in painting but he has also executed projects in sculpture, film, printmaking and digital media.
He gained his MA in Fine Art Painting from University of East London in 2011 and BA in Fine Art, Painting from Falmouth School of Art, Cornwall in 1982. He was awarded a PGCE in Further Education Art & Design in 1998 and has been teaching fine art in Adult and Further Education since 1986. He was awarded a Senior Level Tai Chi instructor's certificate by Practical Tai Chi Chuan International in 1999 and has been teaching Tai Chi in London and internationally since 1994.
His debut show was at Chris Beetles Gallery, Mayfair, London, with a stone lithograph, in 500 years of Artists’ Impression (Nov.1987). In 1992, he co-founded the London based group, Irish Artists in Britain, and the Euro 8 Group, which was also London based. While with Irish Artists in Britain he showed at Liberty’s (Aug 1992), the Northern Irish Business Centre, Mayfair (Dec 1992), Hackney Museum, London (Jan 1993), the Museum of London (Dec 1993), Arnhiem Gallery, Fairfield Halls, Croydon (June 1993). The Euro 8 Group was funded by the European arts Festival and showed at the Euro Gallery, The Cut, Waterloo, (July 1992). During this time period he worked on mural commissions for Covent Garden Festival, Easter and Summer events, (Mar/ Aug 1990), and a restaurant called Café Paris, in Swiss Cottage, London (July-Aug 1993).
He began to have solo shows from the mid nineties onwards; first of which was first at the London Irish Centre, Camden (Sept-Oct 1994), followed by shows at other London venues that included FHAB Gallery, St John’s Wood (Aug 1994), Café Gallery, Maida Vale, (Dec 1998/Dec 2000), The Media Centre,. Fitzrovia (June 2001).
Over the next ten years he travelled to Thailand, Morocco, Nepal, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and South Africa, where he undertook an artist’s residency, at Bulungula Village in the Transkei (Nov 05/January 06). Over following years went back to Malawi two more times as part of the self-funded project that forms the basis for the Africa series. In 2010/11, he worked with Ron Best RCA, in collaboration on a project aimed at developing private sector art education in west London, and an educational program for Notting Hill Visual Arts Festival. He currently works with Antonio Nodar on a collaboration that began in 2013, …from portrait to self-portrait... (...p2sp...). Recent projects include a 6week educational residency teaching art for Bulungula Incubator, Bulungula village, Eastern Cape, South Africa, May - June 2016 and Obscure Life of Thamorth, an ongoing site specific project begun in December 2016, .based in the Anti-Atlas Mountains, southern Morocco.