22 May 2023 | 3 min read
Mark Powell | Artist Interview | Hang-Ten
Hang-Up - Our first memory of you was visiting The Other Art Fair and seeing your booth covered in red dots. We then contacted you immediately after. What's your first memory of Hang-Up?
HU - You'll be creating some new and unseen works for Hang-Ten to which we're very excited about. Can you give us a sneaky insight into what you're working on for the show?
MP - Well I've got myself a nice vintage monopoly game which some kids scribbled on a couple of decades ago. It'll make a nice canvas I think. I'll also be drawing the biggest drawing I've ever done which will be nice if I don't mess it up. Those biros can be tricky fellas.
HU - You're a very talented and prolific artist who is also extremely humble (and likes a beer or two) which is the best thing about working with you. What’s the best thing about working with Hang-Up?
Above: Mark's first ever solo show at Hang-Up Gallery in 2013 - 'Drawing on History'
HU - There are ten artists displaying in Hang-Ten - all very different in techniques and concepts. If you could collaborate with one artist in the show, who would it be and why?
MP - I think me and Joe Webb could come up with something quite fun. We both play around with history a little.
MP -The last ten years have been interesting. Moving to a warehouse in London one random day from Leeds was
the start. The dominoes slowly fell until I met hang up at which point they picked up the pace. Getting away with being a 'professional' artist means
I get to create everyday and travel on a whim.
HU - We'd have to say a favourite time with Mark Powell was your 'Anthropology' solo show in 2016. Seeing
your work evolve and progress from your inaugural show 'Drawing on History' to that level was a proud moment. Can you name your favourite Hang-Up moment?
Mark Powell's inaugural solo show 'Anthropology' in 2015 - Photo by Chuck Noble
Thank you Mark - Can't wait to see the finished works for the show!
Don't forget to check out Mark's full catalogue. Watch this space for Powell's Instagram Take Over this Thurs 3 May @Hangupgallery
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