From the Greek ánthrōpos (ἄνθρωπος, "human") and lógos (λόγος, "study")
- The comparative study of human societies and cultures and their development.
- The Science of human zoology, evolution and ecology.
Master of the biro drawing Mark Powell returns to Hang-Up Gallery in March with his
new solo show Anthropology. The exhibition will feature an exclusive collection of original pen and ink drawings, as well as a selection of limited
edition print releases in collaboration with London’s prestigious publisher Jealous Gallery.
Known internationally for his beautifully intricate biro drawings of the elderly and endangered species executed on found material, Powell is back with
a fresh body of work that visually documents his recent travels from across the globe. By deeply immersing himself in new cultures and experiences
Powell has expanded his visual vocabulary.
For the first time, Hang-Up will be revealing the artists new direction of still life objects. Vintage cameras, used typewriters and discarded leather
boots hint at the untold stories of their forgotten owners, and remind us of the inevitability of time’s passing.
"By deeply immersing himself in new cultures and experiences Powell has expanded his visual vocabulary."
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.