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With the humble Bic Biro as his tool of choice, London-based Powell creates intricate portraits on antique documents. His favoured subjects are elderly, a natural fit for the paper he uses and his detailed style: post marks and typography merge with pen strokes to create a captivating whole. In contrast, Powell's paintings (on cardboard and other found materials) exhibit street art and advertising influences while maintaining extraordinary detail.
Did you know?
Powell inadvertently enrolled in art school when he wandered into Huddersfield University after getting fired from a job and sparked up a conversation with the head of the art department.
Country of Birth
HEY! Le Dessin, La Halle Saint Pierre, Paris, FR, 2022
Anthropology, Hang-Up Gallery, London, UK, 2016
Out of Line, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, US, 2016
Drawing on History, Hang-Up Gallery, London, UK, 2013
Exhibitions by Mark Powell
Mark Powell Editorial
16 May 2023 | 4 min read
22 Apr 2018