Liner Notes C.J. Pyle Indianapolis, Indiana
If you happen to sense a musical quality in the ballpoint and mixed-media drawings of C.J. Pyle, your instincts are more finely tuned than most. Pyle has led something of a double life, splitting his time between a drawing board and a drum kit ...
pictured : Lawrence of Newark crop, 2017. © C.J. Pyle
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Mixed & Matched Andrey Poletaev Ukraine
Time. The bane of all ballpointers. To photorealist ballpointers, in particular, most of that time is spent working carefully to avoid making mistakes, another nemesis. Andrey Poletaev is the quintessential photorealist ballpointer...
pictured : MM-2017-54 crop, 2017. © Andrey Poletaev
Allan Barbeau Dublin, Ireland
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Explaining Wai Pongyu Wai Hong Kong
The term 'East-meets-West' is regularly applied to Eastern artwork exhibiting Western influence, affectations or aspirations, but it doesn't apply here. In most respects, the work is neither East nor West. Just art ...
pictured : A Moment of Truth 51 crop, 2016. © Pongyu Wai
C.J. Pyle Indianapolis, Indiana
This piece was started around 2011 and about a third of the way to completion was abandoned. It sat in my files until inspiration hit and it was finished in 2015...
A Chorus of Horace, 2016.
© C.J. Pyle
Alberto Repetti Genova, Italy
Almost all of my ideas come from shapes suggested by nature... I flowed those ideas into this work, spatially and intellectually re-elaborated... A reinvention of reality...
The Elemental Landscape, 2017.
© Alberto Repetti
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Chen Zhen Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Appearance of the fetus here is a metaphor for all things before birth, in the parent. Even if the human species of same appearance gave birth to twins, although the same outward, the consciousness is their own and different...
Individual, 2017. © Chen Zhen
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...
pictured : cover art, Untitled crop, 2014. © Thomas Müller
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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...
pictured : Cloudslinger, 2014. © Shane McAdams
Lennie Mace RETROSPECTACLE Tokyo, Japan 2004-2014
By 2004, Lennie Mace had been mastering the artistic capabilities of ballpoint pens for over two decades, producing groundbreaking 'wow'-worthy halftone effects which show little trace of the ballpoint line-work used in their creation ...
pictured : Kroc Rock, 2011, cropped. © Lennie Mace
Teacher's Pen PENNAMES Ballpoint Art Instruction
It used to be that the creative use of ballpoint pens was merely a by-product of classroom boredom... Classroom boredom surely still exists, but I can't vouch for what youngsters of today do with it ... Read the full archived feature
art : © África Fernández de Castro Hoyos, 2017, cropped.
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Lennie Mace RETROSPECTACLE Tokyo, Japan 1994-2004
By 1994, Lennie Mace had made a name for himself as an illustrator and had been exhibiting his ballpoint pen artwork in New York annually since 1990. ...
pictured : The Longer The Drool... 2005. © Lennie Mace
Since 2014・Volume 5
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Nicolas V. Sanchez New York, NY
When drawing in my sketchbook during my commute, I'm not really thinking of anything very specific. My mind drifts in and out of being present with my surroundings...
© Nicolas V. Sanchez
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Holly Cappello Portland, Oregon
René Moncada Brooklyn, New York
Nature’s Purge YouTube was created after visiting Montauk Point and discovering a chain-link fence deposited by the surf. It had been purged from the sea and Nature was talking to me directly...
Nature's Purge, 2017. © Rene Moncada
Benjamin Sack Leesburg, Virginia
Similar to cartographers of old aboard wooden ships, I executed my drawing at the same pace of the MS Amsterdam’s peregrination of the Earth...
Mappa Mundi, 2017.
© Benjamin Sack
Peter Ross Hong Kong
This piece was selected for exhibition in consideration for the HK Human Rights Art Prize. The exhibition displayed artwork shortlisted for a prize. Fall highlights the human right to adequate housing...
Fall, 2017. © Peter Ross
Andrey Poletaev Lugansk, Ukraine
Dave Warshaw San Diego, California