One more use for newsprint you won’t see on Kindle: Canvases for amazing artworks

Here’s one more contribution from the legacy of printed paper that Jeff Bezos will not be bringing to the global cultural inheritance any time soon: Fabulous portraits and hand-drawn life drawings done on old newspapers, printed pages, letters, and other found or abandoned paper surfaces.

These are the creations of artist Mark Powell, frequently executed in ballpoint, and often incorporating the texture of the underlying newsprint or other document into the final artwork. Just look at the texture of the topographical map in the piece below, for example, and how it fits into the portrait.


“Both the canvas he uses and the faces he draws offer a mysterious story. They carry the scars of travel, a life lived,” reads the artist’s own introduction.  “He tries to catch a certain beauty that is a step away from the image of beauty fed to society that you see today.”

Digital ink may be a new medium for art in its own right, but there clearly is plenty of creative life left in the old kinds of ink – whether written, drawn, or printed. Enjoy.

About Paul St John Mackintosh (1556 Articles)
Paul St John Mackintosh is a British poet, writer of dark fiction, and media pro with a love of e-reading. His gadgets range from a $50 Kindle Fire to his trusty Lenovo cell phone. Paul was educated at public school and Trinity College, Cambridge, but modern technology saved him from the Hugh Grant trap. His acclaimed first poetry collection, The Golden Age, was published in 1997, and reissued on Kindle in 2013, and his second poetry collection, The Musical Box of Wonders, was published in 2011.

1 Comment on One more use for newsprint you won’t see on Kindle: Canvases for amazing artworks

  1. Andy Culbertson // March 10, 2014 at 9:39 am //

    Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post now, so indeed he can bring us these canvases! And I agree with the point of the article. I love computers, but there’s something magical and reassuringly real about physical art.

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