JUNE 2017   

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...

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​pictured : cover art,  Untitled  crop, 2014.  © Thomas Müller

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...

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pictured :  Cloudslinger, 2014. © Shane McAdams

Holly Cappello   Portland, Oregon

MARCH 2018   

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 ...  

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pictured : Kroc Rock, 2011, cropped.  © Lennie Mace

APRIL 2019   

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...

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ONE , Dec. 2018~ work in progress   © Archie Smith

DECEMBER 2016   

Lennie Mace   RETROSPECTACLE    Tokyo, Japan  1994-2004    

By 1994Lennie Mace had made a name for himself as an illustrator and had been exhibiting his ballpoint pen artwork in New York annually since 1990. ...  

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pictured : The Longer The Drool... 2005.  © Lennie Mace

MARCH 2019   

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...

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Mo-Li-21, 2019.  © Serhiy Kolyada

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JUNE 2018   

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​ ...

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​pictured : Point, 2017, cropped.  © Alberto Repetti

JULY 2019   

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. ...

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​pictured : Bruno Bich, 2018.  Photo © The Bic Societe

Alberto Repetti   Genova, Italy

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DECEMBER 2018   

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 ...

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​pictured : The Bride, 2018, cropped.  © Dariusz Zawiązalec

Andrey Poletaev   Lugansk, Ukraine

Dave Warshaw   San Diego, California

Allan Barbeau   Dublin, Ireland

OCTOBER 2018   

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...

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King McQueen, 2018.  © James Mylne

NOVEMBER 2018   

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...

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Flight of Fancy, 2018.  © Andrey Poletaev

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SEPTEMBER 2018   

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 ...

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​pictured : Porsche 911, 2016, cropped.  © Luis Silva

Chen Zhen   Kaohsiung, Taiwan

JUNE 2019   

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... 

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I'll Take You There , 2019.   © Christopher Arabadjis