Currently on show at Hang-Up Gallery in London, Drawing on History is the enigmatic exhibition of artist Mark Powell. Using nothing but a simple Biro pen, Powell creates 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. Powell’s documents come from his travels and range from love letters sent during the WWI to Parisian newspapers. He delicately draws the faces of the elderly from his visual diary of sketchbooks and photographs onto each sheet. Each piece conveys a history and a rich sense of journey. Commenting on the outcome for the show at Hang-Up, Powell said, “I want to make people realize what you can do with the simplest things, and leave a real sense of ambiguity.”
Via Hang-Up Gallery
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