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
2015 FEATURE article ARCHIVE menu: Nov2014~Nov2015
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
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
Serhiy Kolyada Kiev, Ukraine
This is devoted to all revolutions from 1917, which began in Russian Empire in that year and continues to today... in the whole world...
The Spectre of Communism (Revolution 1917-2017)
2017-18 © Serhiy Kolyada
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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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
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
Since 2014・Volume 5
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
2017 FEATURE article ARCHIVE menu: Dec2016~Dec2017
Dariusz Zawiązalec Katowice, Poland
This shield was a commission for a woman from Norway. She always wanted to have something from me, but, unlike most of my clients, she did not want a portrait. She decided to have Odin...
Odin shield, 2017. © Dariusz Zawiązalec
2016 PICKS page ARCHIVE menu: Dec2015~Dec2016
Allan Barbeau Dublin, Ireland
2016 FEATURE article ARCHIVE menu: Dec2015~Dec2016
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.
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
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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
2015 PICKS page ARCHIVE menu: Feb~Nov2015