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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

Andrey Poletaev   Lugansk, Ukraine

JULY 2018   

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...

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Odin  shield, 2017.  © Dariusz Zawiązalec

Dave Warshaw   San Diego, California

SEPTEMBER 2017   

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 ...

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​pictured : Lawrence of Newark  crop, 2017.  © C.J. Pyle

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

Holly Cappello   Portland, Oregon

MAY 2018   

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​...

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The Spectre of Communism  (Revolution 1917-2017) 

2017-18   © Serhiy Kolyada

OCTOBER 2017   

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...

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The Elemental Landscape, 2017.  

© Alberto Repetti

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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

NOVEMBER 2017   

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...

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Individual, 2017.   © Chen Zhen

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

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FEBRUARY 2018   

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...

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Fall, 2017.   © Peter Ross

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

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

NOVEMBER 2017   

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.

APRIL 2018   

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...

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Nature's Purge, 2017.  © Rene Moncada

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