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Words Don't Age

  • 2022
  • Ballpoint pen drawing on a 1800 London newspaper
  • Original
  • 45cm x 30cm
  • Sold framed
“Aesthetic value is all I need for the subject to work for me. Then I just have to pair it to the correct 'canvas', which can be tricky – the decision of what to keep and what to take from the map or postcard I choose is a delicate one. They have to work together like in a dance, with the ink as the music.” – Mark Powell

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Mark Powell – Words Don't Age

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With the humble Bic Biro as his tool of choice, Brighton-based Powell creates intricate portraits on antique documents. His favoured subjects are the elderly, a natural fit for the paper he uses and his detailed style: postmarks 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.

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