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
2017 FEATURE article ARCHIVE menu: Dec2016~Dec2017
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
Holly Cappello Portland, Oregon
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
2017 PICKS page ARCHIVE menu: Feb2017~Nov2017
Archie Smith Paphos, Cyprus
This was meant to be a basic doodle on an A4 piece of paper, which I often do just to pass the time, but the next day I added more to it, and then more... I kept telling myself 'gotta finish it quickly' ... or so I thought...
ONE , Dec. 2018~ work in progress © Archie Smith
2018 PICKS page ARCHIVE menu: Feb2018~Dec2018
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
Serhiy Kolyada Kiev, Ukraine
IThe name of the drawing means Mona Lisa of the 21st century. Some other meanings also... The girl Mona Lisa who is now 21 years old and can smoke and drink alcohol, so '21' is her age and the 21st century...
Mo-Li-21, 2019. © Serhiy Kolyada
2019 PICKS page ARCHIVE menu
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Irreal Landscapes Alberto Repetti Genoa, Italy
While photorealism in ballpoint pen has attracted the lion's share of attention to the genre for some time, freestyle ballpointing is still a comparatively open playing field ...
With freestyling, technique rules ...
pictured : Point, 2017, cropped. © Alberto Repetti
Son of a Bich ll The BIC Collection exhibition / video review
TB's coverage of The Bic Collection came three months after the fact, but seeing as few news outlets bothered to report the exhibition, our old news was still news. To date, in fact, most of what's been written about it was written by Bic. ...
pictured : Bruno Bich, 2018. Photo © The Bic Societe
2015 PICKS page ARCHIVE menu: Feb~Nov2015
Alberto Repetti Genova, Italy
Since 2014・Volume 6
Norse Pole Dariusz Zawiązalec Katowice, Poland
Wood, leather, metal hardware and perhaps some animal bone or fur accoutrements. The makings of a fine Viking shield.
And if that shield came from the Black Forest Forge? Add ballpoint pens to the supply list ...
pictured : The Bride, 2018, cropped. © Dariusz Zawiązalec
Andrey Poletaev Lugansk, Ukraine
Dave Warshaw San Diego, California
2015 FEATURE article ARCHIVE menu: Nov2014~Nov2015
Allan Barbeau Dublin, Ireland
2016 FEATURE article ARCHIVE menu: Dec2015~Dec2016
James Mylne London, England
Commissioned by a private client who is a big fan of Steve McQueen and race cars... I worked hard to build an increased level of detail into the drawing... Some of which were not really in the original photo...
King McQueen, 2018. © James Mylne
Andrey Poletaev Lugansk, Ukraine
I planned to create a series of works that resemble steampunk for quite some time. There were always these bits and pieces floating in my head. For years I jotted down ideas in my notepad along with sketches...
Flight of Fancy, 2018. © Andrey Poletaev
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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 ...
pictured : Porsche 911, 2016, cropped. © Luis Silva
Chen Zhen Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Christopher Arabadjis New York, NY
My larger drawings like I’ll Take You There are inspired by... smaller drawings which I make on the train during my two hour commute... The choice of title is... intended to let the viewer know that there is a system...
I'll Take You There , 2019. © Christopher Arabadjis