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Hang-Up Gallery is delighted to introduce 'Drawing on History' the enigmatic exhibition from talented London based artist Mark Powell. Powell uses nothing but a simple Bic Biro ballpoint pen to create incredibly detailed portraits of the elderly. His chosen canvases are antique documents dating from 1763 onwards. His aim is to portray what can be produced with the most basic tool whilst creating a relationship between the canvas and image.   Since graduating, Powell’s unique drawings have been in high demand.  Exhibiting in the USA, Australia and Europe, his shows have been extremely successful leaving the artist with numerous requests for interviews, commissions and future solo shows worldwide.

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Mark Powell Mark Powell

London-based artist Mark Powell reuses old envelopes as canvases to produce incredible drawings. His sketches are made using only a Biro pen, and they often incorporate original stamps and postage marks. By recycling the envelopes, he is in some way preserving a bit of history and the tales behind the sender. He says this is why his work, which is primarily portraiture, focuses on older characters that appear to tell their own stories from the very creases and wrinkles of their faces. Powell’s portraits are amusing in the way they incorporate the lines and postage stamps of the envelopes into the wrinkles and shading of each distinct face. Each portrait becomes as much about the canvas as it is about the person depicted, adding another layer to examine as the viewer gets lost in the eyes of the subject.

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11 Dec – 31 Jan 2016

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