Mark Powell

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London-based artist Mark Powell reuses old envelopes as canvases to produce extraordinary drawings. His sketches are made using only a Biro pen, plus they frequently include original stamps and postage marks. By tracking the envelopes, he is somehow preserving a little history and the tales behind the sender. He says this is why his job, which is mostly portraiture, focuses on elderly characters that seem to tell their own stories from the very creases and wrinkles of their faces. Powell’s portraits are funny in the way they incorporate the lines and stamp stamps of the envelopes to the wrinkles and tightening of each distinct face. Each portrait gets as much about the canvas because it is about the person depicted, adding yet another layer to examine as the viewer becomes lost in the eyes of this subject.

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