THE BALLPOINTER

    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.

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FEBRUARY 2017   

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...

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Trump White House, 2016.  © Lennie Mace

Ralvin Dizon   Pampanga, Philippines

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APRIL 2017   

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...

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Kateryna in Zurich, 2017.  © Serhiy Kolyada

Andrey Poletaev   Lugansk, Ukraine

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

Dave Warshaw   San Diego, California

Allan Barbeau   Dublin, Ireland

FEBRUARY 2017   

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...

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​pictured : Jupiter Fugue  crop, 2016.  © Benjamin Sack

Holly Cappello   Portland, Oregon

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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

NOVEMBER 2014   Serhiy Kolyada   Kiev, Ukraine  

Conflict and corruption feed commentary; key ingredients for intriguing art. Awareness may be the ultimate goal, but one must first actually care enough to spread the word. Serhiy Kolyada cares. His key ingredient is ink, and his Lifescapes serve up a spicy blend of commentary and criticism...

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pictured :  The Theory for Origins, 2012.  © Serhiy Kolyada

NOVEMBER 2016   

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...  

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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.

Click on the artwork to see the archived PICKS.   All artwork  ©  respective artists.

APRIL 2017   

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...

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​pictured : My Eye On You  crop, 2016.  © Kai & Sunny

Scott Mackie   Aberdeen, Scotland