* This piece is part of Enter Gallery’s January 2023 Rare Print Show.
Mark Powell is a Brighton and London-based artist who creates unbelievably intricate hand-drawn portraits on antique documentation using nothing but a standard Bic Biro.
In this piece, Powell draws civil rights campaigner, Martin Luther King, against a background of the American flag.
The drawing is done on the pages of King’s fourth book – the last before his assassination – which advocated for human rights and hope.
This is a bespoke framed original drawing completed on the pages of the 1969 book. It is finished with matt varnish and UV protective spray, and comes signed by the artist.
Size (cm): 113 x 48.5
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Medium: 1969 Book, Matt Varnish. UV Protective Spray and Bespoke Frame
Edition Type: Original
Edition Size: 1
Size (cm): 113 x 48.5
Image Size (cm): 108 x 43.5
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About the artist
Mark Powell is a London and Brighton-based artist, known for creating impossibly intricate portraits using just a humble Bic Biro. Powell’s anthropological illustrations are motivated by the individuals who inspire him, and the people he has met while on the road.
For his canvas, the artist uses found antique documents, including maps and letters dating as far back as the 18th century. Powell incorporates his subjects into the existing details of the documents, using creases, marks and typography to add depth and texture, creating pieces infused with a real sense of story.
Powell reveals: ‘Each face I choose to draw has to have character and a suggestion of a history to tell. That way the viewer can create any narrative of a life that may have been lived.’