Mark Powell’s Pen Drawings Intensify the Reminiscences Etched into Faces and Ephemera — Colossal

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January 31, 2024

Grace Ebert

All photographs © Mark Powell, shared with permission

In Mark Powell’s tender portraits, crinkled eyes and foreheads creased with age mirror highways and scrawled cursive notes. The artist (beforehand) pairs meticulously detailed drawings of older topics with stamped envelopes, classic ebook pages, and maps weathered from use, superimposing faces onto the worn, typically collaged, substrates. Producing immense depth and shadow with the standard ballpoint pen, Powell likens the tales and experiences hidden in a face to these held inside a letter or be aware from days passed by.

In case you’re in Paris, you’ll be able to see the artist’s solo exhibition Roads That Make Us by February 3 at Bathroom & Lou Gallery. Store prints and originals on his website, and discover information about upcoming exhibits, together with at Mad24 in Madrid, on Instagram.

 

a monochromatic pen portrait of a man with a hat on a colorful map of ireland

a monochromatic pen portrait of a man rubbing his face on vintage envelopes

a monochromatic pen portrait of a man on vintage envelopes

a monochromatic pen portrait of nina simone on a map

left: a monochromatic pen portrait of basquiat on a map of new york: right: a portrait of a man on a london news sheet

a monochromatic pen drawing of four sets of legs on a map

a monochromatic pen portrait of a man on found drawings and notes

a monochromatic pen portrait of a woman on a vogue pattern envelope

#drawing
#maps
#Mark Powell
#pen
#portraits

 

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