Painter, author, patron, philanthropist. After World War I he travelled to Europe and studied art where his abstract compositions reflect a life of leisure and 1920s modernity. His most prolific period spans the late 1920s to early 1930s. Power his estate to the University of Sydney to establish the Power Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Sydney that led to the creation of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.
University Art Gallery, Sydney University, Australia
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of J.W. Power’s Bequest to the University of Sydney, a recreation of his 1934 Paris solo exhibition with the Abstraction Création group was hald at the University of Sydney art gallery. Curators: A.D.S Donaldson and Dr Ann Stephen.
In 2007 the NGA acquired James Agapitos OAM, and Ray Wilson OAM, collection of Australian Surrealist art. Drawn from this collection this exhibition showed the breadth of Surrealist practice in this country from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Power held a solo exhibition of 28 paintings at the Abstraction Création gallery in Paris. Power created a gouache floor plan for this exhibition which is held in the University of Sydney art collection(PW1961.1177).
Power exhibited in numerous group shows with the London Group. October 1921 May and October 1922 October 1923 April and October 1924 June 1925 June 1927 April 1928 January 1929 October 1930 October 1937