Since 2014・Volume 4
News, Reviews & Coverage of the Artists using Ballpoint Pens, the Artwork They Create, the Tools They Employ & Other Equally Newsworthy but Overlooked Art & Cultural Topics, Worldwide.
Lennie Mace Tokyo, Japan
The idea for the drawing—a Doonesbury-like line drawing of the White House festooned with Trump Taj Mahal casino neon—had been in my head since during the campaign...
Trump White House, 2016. © Lennie Mace
Ralvin Dizon Pampanga, Philippines
Serhiy Kolyada Kiev, Ukraine
My new ballpoint pen drawing is one of my series about Kateryna the heroine of Taras Shevchenko's poem and painting. Shevchenko is our national poet and artist, lived in 19th century...
Kateryna in Zurich, 2017. © Serhiy Kolyada
Andrey Poletaev Lugansk, Ukraine
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
2016 PICKS page ARCHIVE menu: Dec2015~Dec2016
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
Dave Warshaw San Diego, California
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
Riiko Sakkinen Pepino, Spain
This drawing is included in my exhibition Closing Borders at Serlachius Museums, Mänttä, Finland. The exhibition is about Europe fortifying its borders...
The Least Powerful Passports, 2016.
© Riiko Sakkinen
2016 FEATURE article ARCHIVE menu: Dec2015~Dec2016
Think In Ink Benjamin Sack Leesburg, Virginia
Imaginatively mapped out satellite- and bird's-eye views of lands far more interesting than the offerings at Google Earth, giving new meaning to the term urban planning...
pictured : Jupiter Fugue crop, 2016. © Benjamin Sack
Holly Cappello Portland, Oregon
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
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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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
Talk To Them Shirish Deshpande Belgaum, India
When we last visited with Shirish Deshpande in 2014, he'd only just begun the series of artworks which would present viewers with his rural India environs...
pictured : Lakkundi Houses 2, 2016. © Shirish Deshpande
2017 PICKS page ARCHIVE menu
Read about these artworks in the artists' own words in The Ballpointer PICKPIECE archives.
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2015 PICKS page ARCHIVE menu: Feb~Nov2015
Lined Up Kai & Sunny London, England
While so-called 'hyper'-realist ballpointers working with conventional figurative imagery labor to hide their linework to present the illusion of halftones, linework is front and center in the ballpoint manifestations of Kai & Sunny...
pictured : My Eye On You crop, 2016. © Kai & Sunny
Scott Mackie Aberdeen, Scotland
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