London artist Mark Powell cleverly re-purposes old, used, and often tattered ephemera. Using cancelled envelopes as his canvases, he produces striking, life-like, and inked drawings. His sketches are made using only a Bic Biro pen, often incorporating the original stamps, logos, and addresses. By recycling the envelopes, however, he is in some way preserving a moment of history as well as creating a new visual narrative to the sender's myth.
Illusion: Although Kim Ji-Hoon is known for finalizing his portrait drawings, I have purposely selected examples that are considered “works in progress.” What may look incomplete to some people, may appear complete to others. I personally love to see unfinished sketches that accentuate a portion of the illustration, look highly realistic, yet, still hint that they [...].
We have shown some of Mark Powell's work on the site before, but we just caught a new batch of Powell's envelope portraits, using a Bic Biro pen on vintage, yellow aged envelopes. The envelopes all come from older European mail networks.