Mark Powell’s Pen Drawings Accentuate the Memories Etched into Faces and Ephemera — Colossal

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Mark Powell
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January 31, 2024

Grace Ebert

All images © Mark Powell, shared with permission

You can also find out more about the following: Mark Powell’s tender portraits, crinkled eyes and foreheads creased with age mirror highways and scrawled cursive notes. The artist (Earlier) pairs meticulously detailed drawings of older subjects with stamped envelopes, vintage book pages, and maps weathered from use, superimposing faces onto the worn, often collaged, substrates. Powell creates shadow and depth with a ballpoint pen. He compares the stories and experiences that are hidden in a person’s face to the ones contained within an old letter or note.

If you’re in Paris, you can see the artist’s solo exhibition Roads that Make Us through February 3 at Loo & Lou Gallery. Shop for prints and originals at This siteFind out what’s happening at Mad24 in Madrid and other upcoming events 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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