Contemporary artist, Mark Powell creates intricate hand-drawn portraits on found antique documentation using just a standard Bic Biro. While there is rarely a connection between his subject and chosen canvas, Powell explains that: "They are chosen to complement each other, and I hope lead the viewer to wonder, and maybe create, a shared history for the two.'
For this piece, Powell has drawn his subject onto envelopes and correspondence sent between England and Germany during the first world war. This evocative piece leads us to ponder who was writing these letters, and what became of them?
Stories Await A Reply to Become Whole is a solar photopolymer etching. The piece is from a limited edition of three, signed and numbered by the artist.
Size (cm): 63 x 91
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Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 3
Size (cm): 63 x 91
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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.’