Mark Powell

Mark Powell was born in Yorkshire and attended Huddersfield University. He enrolled one day purely by accident. He was fired from his then job one day and decided to visit in the town. Bored, he decided to look around the art department, the term had just started, and began talking to the head of the department. Before he knew what was happening and armed with only a few sketches that he had drawn at the many many jobs he had been hired and fired from or the many houses he had lived in, he signed a few pieces of paper and was then studying Fine Art Drawing and Painting. The first year was a little up and down, with no student loans until the second year and mostly nowhere to live for the first year. He managed to get some work done, though was termed as a ‘terrible artist’ by one course tutor. The second and third year went a little more smoothly and graduation came and went, he skipped the graduation ceremony. In the summer of 2006, the year of graduation, he was invited to show in a few spots in America, fun ensued. On the return to the UK and with only £1 in his pocket he had a to find a job and studio, more shows followed in various cities and nearly a year spent sleeping on a concrete floor in his studio in Leeds until an opportune moment and the chance to take a warehouse in Bow, London. A rather hectic year followed of parties and work until the building was condemned. Moving to Brick Lane in East London and being featured on the culture website Colossal meant that within a few hours of that feature leading to all his work being sold he could quit and become a full time artist. With the help of The Other Art fair London noticed. Travel, group shows and solo shows followed a plenty. And so the story goes…