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Drawing on History

Drawing on History

Mark Powell

27 Jul 2013 – 1 Sep 2013

Hang-Up Gallery is delighted to introduce 'Drawing on History' the enigmatic exhibition from talented London based artist Mark Powell.

Powell uses nothing but a simple Bic Biro ballpoint pen to create incredibly detailed portraits of the elderly. His chosen canvases are antique documents dating from 1763 onwards. His aim is to portray what can be produced with the most basic tool whilst creating a relationship between the canvas and image. Since graduating, Powell’s unique drawings have been in high demand. Exhibiting in the USA, Australia and Europe, his shows have been extremely successful leaving the artist with numerous requests for interviews, commissions and future solo shows worldwide.


Mark Powell

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.

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