16 May 2022 – 30 Jun 2022
Hang-Up Gallery will be back at Moniker Art Fair 2014 with a cutting-edge installation entitled Junkyard Games featuring works by talented and visionary artist Mark Powell.
After last year’s successful participation, Hang-Up returns with East London artist Mark Powell to debut his exclusive new collection. Mark has returned to painting after many years to reveal a more personal, experimental insight to his work. Found objects such as 1920’s apple boxes, coffee sacks and road signs will be the new canvas for his avant-garde oil paintings that combine colourful text, bold brushstrokes, and his masterly skill for intricate drawing. The poetic titles often used in his previous works have now been brought to life with vibrant colour and composition that are an intimate reflection on the human condition.
In Mark Powell’s own words, “The paintings are almost a story of a newspaper or a headline on my opinions of what society might be. Its a multi-lingual type thing. Its just a different language, or a way of saying something…I always think in terms of painting, even when I am doing the biros.”
Mark Powell is internationally celebrated for his exquisite Bic biro drawings on vintage documents, manuscripts and postcards that were subject of his sellout show ‘Drawing on History’ at Hang-Up Gallery last year. Since then his work has been in high demand. He has received sell out exhibitions in numerous London galleries, including The London Illustration Fair, Curios Duke Gallery, Bear Cub Gallery and a recent summer group show at the prestigious Castle Galleries in Mayfair, where his works were the first to sell out on the opening night.
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.