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
James Mylne London, England
Dave Warshaw San Diego, California
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 ...
pictured : Still Life with Shells #1, cropped. © JooLee Kang
Andrey Poletaev Lugansk, Ukraine
Allan Barbeau Dublin, Ireland
Holly Cappello Portland, Oregon
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 ...
pictured : The Fire of Notre-Dame, 2019-2020, cropped.
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...
Minnie Mace , Nov 2019. © Lennie Mace
2017 PICKS page ARCHIVE menu: Feb2017~Nov2017
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...
Ghent , 2019-2020. © Nils Van der Linden
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.'' ...
pictured : Joker Johnson, 2019.
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...
Artemisia, Judith, Rachel , 2020. © J.F. Casas
BALLPOINT ART Complexity from Simplicity BOOK REVIEW
Editors at Sandu Publishing in Guangzhou, China, might not know ballpoint pen artwork but apparently they know what they like ... ''Ballpoint art is totally a new field for me, to be honest,'' editorial director Jessie Tan conceded ...
pictured : book cover title texts, 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 ...
Opera #31 Palais Garnier Paris © D. Vangilbergen
2020 FEATURE article ARCHIVE menu
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2018 PICKS page ARCHIVE menu: Feb2018~Dec2018
Lennie Mace RETROSPECTACLE II 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
Christopher Arabadjis New York, NY
2019 PICKS page ARCHIVE menu: Mar2019~Sept2019
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 ...
Portrait commission , 2020. © Nathan Lorenzana
2020 PICKS page ARCHIVE menu
Read about these artworks in the artists' own words in The Ballpointer PICKPIECE archives.
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Archie Smith Paphos, Cyprus
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. ...
pictured : Tokyo's telecast-only sumo tournament, screenshot.
2015 PICKS page ARCHIVE menu: Feb~Nov2015
Alberto Repetti Genova, Italy
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
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
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 ...
pictured : Lockdown 3.0 - 03, 2020.
Andrey Poletaev Lugansk, Ukraine