Since 2014

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DECEMBER 2014​   Shane McAdams   Brooklyn, New York

Ballpoint pen art without the ballpoint pen? That and more

from Shane McAdams, who literally removes the ball point

from the equation by "blowing", milking or otherwise extracting

ink from ballpoints and magic markers toward artistic ends...

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pictured :  Cloudslinger, 2014. © Shane McAdams

James Mylne   London, England

Dave Warshaw   San Diego, California

OCTOBER 2020   

Rooms With A View   JooLee Kang   Seoul, Korea 

For anyone who might wonder if artistic innovation with ballpoint pens had begun drying up like the ink in an old pen, along comes  JooLee Kang  with a ballpoint display which breaks the mediums’s pen-on-paper confines ...

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​pictured : Still Life with Shells #1, cropped.  © JooLee Kang

Andrey Poletaev   Lugansk, Ukraine

Allan Barbeau   Dublin, Ireland

Holly Cappello   Portland, Oregon

MAY 2020   

Paolo Amico   Turin, Italy  PICKS SPECIAL    

Introducing a new masterpiece of ballpointing which pulls together disparate elements of history and geography and retrofits them for a 21st century audience. The artwork's title is spoiler to part of the story ...  

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pictured :  The Fire of Notre-Dame, 2019-2020, cropped. ​ 

MARCH 2020   

Lennie Mace   Tokyo, Japan    

Yeah I went and did it, something I've always made a point to avoid: referencing pop culture within my artwork... just hate providing free publicity for corporations... Hate to admit it, I did  Disney... 

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Minnie Mace , Nov 2019.   © Lennie Mace

APRIL 2020   

Nils Van der Linden   Antwerp, Belgium    

Described here is one of my most recent drawings, a view of the Belgium city Ghent, completed in the beginning of 2020. It took at least half a year to complete, requiring at least 20 ballpoint pens... 

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Ghent , 2019-2020.   © Nils Van der Linden

DECEMBER 2019   

Joker Johnson  James Mylne   PICKSSPECIAL 

''I don't think Boris Johnson is what he tries to get across on camera. His silly behavior and humorous banter serves to make people feel at ease and get people to trust him but there is more beneath that 'painted face' of his.''​ ...

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​pictured : Joker Johnson, 2019.  

JULY 2020   

Juan Francisco Casas   Madrid, Spain    

This is one the ballpoint drawings for my exhibition, Non Piangere, inspired by  Artemisia Gentileschi. Her iconic works serve as the basis to instill my own characteristic iconography around the female body... 

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Artemisia, Judith, Rachel , 2020.   © J.F. Casas

JUNE 2020   

BALLPOINT ART  Complexity from Simplicity   BOOK REVIEW 

Editors at  Sandu Publishing  in GuangzhouChina, might not know ballpoint pen artwork but apparently they know what they like ...  ''Ballpoint art is totally a new field for meto be honest,'' editorial director  Jessie  Tan  conceded  ...

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​pictured :  book cover title texts, 2020.  

AUGUST 2020   

Dominique Vangilbergen   Berlin, Germany    

The scene is an impression of the 1910 Great Flood of Paris and illustrates the continuing theme of man's ongoing battle with nature. The opera house depicted here is the Palais Garnier, the 'phantom's' lair ... 

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Opera #31  Palais Garnier Paris   © D. Vangilbergen

2020 FEATURE article ARCHIVE menu

*Scroll down to access more archived features from 2014-2019.  All artwork  ©  respective artists.

DECEMBER 2016   

Lennie Mace   RETROSPECTACLE  II  Tokyo, Japan  1994-2004    

By 1994Lennie Mace had made a name for himself as an illustrator and had been exhibiting his ballpoint pen artwork in New York annually since 1990. ...  

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pictured : The Longer The Drool... 2005.  © Lennie Mace

Christopher Arabadjis   New York, NY

JANUARY 2020   

Nathan Lorenzana   Guatemala City, Guatemala    

The colors I'm using are part of the ochre/orange palette, along with some purples and blues for shades and layers of skin tones. Many ask how I achieve skin color, and is a complex answer because it depends ... 

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Portrait commission , 2020.   © Nathan Lorenzana

2020 PICKS page ARCHIVE menu

Read about these artworks in the artists' own words in The Ballpointer PICKPIECE archives.

Click on the artwork to see the archived PICKS.   All artwork  ©  respective artists.

Archie Smith   Paphos, Cyprus

MARCH 2020   

PENdemic  Sheltering-In-Place  PART 1   review 

Pandemic is a scary word but here we are in the midst of just such a scare, facing an equal-opportunity killer virus which sees neither race, gender nor economic status, with 9,000-and-counting deaths to its credit​. ...

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​pictured Tokyo's telecast-only sumo tournament, screenshot.

Alberto Repetti   Genova, Italy

JUNE 2017   

Ballpoint Art   Trent Morse   BOOK REVIEW    

Just as so many presumptuous or naive ballpoint prodigies tripped over each other to have you believe they 'came first ', so came the race for First Place  in formally documenting ballpoint pen art history...

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​pictured : cover art,  Untitled  crop, 2014.  © Thomas Müller


Auto Motives   Luis Silva   Villa do Condo, Portugal 

In the photorealist work of Portuguese artist Luis Silva, ballpoint pen artwork can be discussed in terms of 'make' and 'model' along with color and composition. Car Talk. Gear heads meet the wine and cheese crowd ...

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​pictured : Porsche 911, 2016, cropped.  © Luis Silva

Chen Zhen   Kaohsiung, Taiwan


PENNAME  FLASHBACK   Shirish Deshpande   Belgaun, India 

The Ballpointer  introduced the ballpoint pen work of  Shirish Deshpande  to the world as a  PENNAME   feature at the start of 2015. He was featured again in  2016 ... Here we've condensed excerpts from those articles  ...

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​pictured :  Lockdown 3.0 - 03, 2020.  

Andrey Poletaev   Lugansk, Ukraine