It's time for another '5 Questions With' and this week we catch-up with the master of the Biro pen, Mark Powell. Mark has been keeping busy working on some exciting new originals, which we are delighted to give you first access to below as we speak to the artist and wander around his studio... 

 

Here's Five Questions With... Mark Powell 

 
HU: We know you love to travel. What is the most inspirational place you have visited so far?
M.P: I love the old towns of many cities, just to sit back and sketch, Split, Dubrovnik, loads of Italian places, Paris etc. But Peru and the amazon probably is still the place that inspired me most.

Mark shows us the antique documents he collects whilst on his travels which he uses both as inspiration and physical materials in his practice 

Selection of antique postcards stuck together and ready for Mark to work his magic on  

HU: What does the rest of the summer have in store for Mark Powell?
M.P: I’ve been chatting with the Hollywood director Mark Romenek about doing a show with him in either LA or here. He takes candid photos of people and I would draw them. And I’m working on a bunch of large drawings that i would like to try to sort out a solo show with somewhere.

Very early stages of a new piece drawn on an antique map of England

Another work in progress 

HU: You have mastered the Bic Biro and your technique of portraiture. Would you ever draw a self-portrait?
M.P: I do plan to do a self-portrait at some point, a series of movement images or different stages of beard growth. I'll probably just wait until i think of a better idea.

Mark in his studio surrounded by his drawings 

HU: If you could collaborate with any artist, dead or alive, who would you choose?
M.P: I’ve been meaning to do a collaboration with David Shillinglaw for a while now and Delphine Lebourgeois. Doing a series with a bunch of artists would be fun and make an interesting show. Otherwise, obviously Jean Michel Basquiat or Sir Peter Blake would be fun.

Charlotte finds us on the map that will be Mark's next canvas 

HU: What has been your proudest moment as an artist?
M.P: Having the first solo show with Hang Up that Ben and Carla sorted out. Haven’t kicked on enough from that time though which I need to fix.

Thank you Mark for a lovely day! Charlotte and Mark in front of his works in progress... 

Thank you so much Mark for having us over and taking the time to answer all our questions. If you'd like to see more from our studio visit with Mark head over to our Instagram. To view newly available originals and limited editions by Mark Powell click here and don't hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions.

Thank you for reading.

Till next time... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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