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Hang-Up Gallery will be back at Moniker Art Fair 2014 with a cutting-edge installation entitled Junkyard Games featuring works by talented and visionary artist Mark Powell. After last year’s successful participation, Hang-Up returns with East London artist Mark Powell to debut his exclusive new collection. Mark has returned to painting after many years to reveal a more personal, experimental insight to his work. Found objects such as 1920’s apple boxes, coffee sacks and road signs will be the new canvas for his avant-garde oil paintings that combine colourful text, bold brushstrokes, and his masterly skill for intricate drawing. The poetic titles often used in his previous works have now been brought to life with vibrant colour and composition that are an intimate reflection on the human condition. In Mark Powell’s own words, “The paintings are almost a story of a newspaper or a headline on my opinions of what society might be. Its a multi-lingual type thing. Its just a different language, or a way of saying something…I always think in terms of painting, even when I am doing the biros.” Mark Powell is internationally celebrated for his exquisite Bic biro drawings on vintage documents, manuscripts and postcards that were subject of his sellout show ‘Drawing on History’ at Hang-Up Gallery last year. Since then his work has been in high demand. He has received sell out exhibitions in numerous London galleries, including The London Illustration Fair, Curios Duke Gallery, Bear Cub Gallery and a recent summer group show at the prestigious Castle Galleries in Mayfair, where his works were the first to sell out on the opening night.

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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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