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james mylne artistJames Mylne Summary
Location: SW London.
Education: BA degree in Drawing and MA degree, Camberwell College of Arts, London.
Exhibitions: The next solo show “Grandly Grimey” opens 22nd September 2016, more information here. After that is a group exhibition in New York opening 6th October. More info here.
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JRM Art Genre Ven Diagram
What Kind of Artist?

“Kind of a Fine Artist. I like the term ‘Alternative Contemporary’. I draw mainly, I use ballpoint pens for that where I tend to get caught up in obsessive detail work (see drawings showreel below!), but I also use markers. I enjoy a little paintwork too; whatever works. Sometimes I even use collage… But mostly I draw.”

Stages of drawing an eye in ballpoint pen. 2010.

Stages of drawing an eye in ballpoint pen. 2010.

Background

“As a teen I discovered the benefits of using ballpoint pens over pencil for creating photo realistic artworks.
From the age of 19 I was selling my ballpoint drawings. Back then I was literally one of the only people on the planet working in biro.
At university my tutors were not too keen on my drawings, viewing them as just pretty pictures (twits). Now I’m the only professional artist from that course and ballpoint drawing has grown in popularity, becoming an accepted medium within the art world.
In the last ten years I have expanded on the technique to include other media such as spray paints, markers, inks, and even collage.
I’ve been lucky to collaborate with professional photographers including Roger Eaton & Terry O’Neil, and even Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) and stylists for source material but I admittedly still ‘rip’ a lot of imagery from the web.
My work has been exhibited alongside some big names (Hirst, Banksy & more) but I think I’m still an ‘emerging artist’.

I’m influenced/inspired by several different subjects; Buddhism, Science Fiction, fashion photography, Street Art, areas of modern anti-Capitalism, architecture, Japan’s historic feudal culture and more.
I am wrestling with these differing areas of influence in my own way. I focus in on certain ones in most artworks but more and more I am mashing them all up together like in Desktop Series“.

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Notable Points

  • James is considered a “pioneer” for the ball-point art movement/medium.
  • One drawing can take between 25 – 100 hours to complete. The biggest of his drawings took over 300 hours.
  • He was featured on BBC London news with exhibition coverage and an interview in 2104, view on YouTube here.
  • Being ballpoint pen, you can’t rub out or paint over mistakes. Basically you can’t make a mistake.
  • His first solo show at The Conningsby Gallery in 2008 was the first ever exhibition in the UK showing photo realistic ballpoint artworks – possibly Europe.
  • Mylne has been publicly exhibiting his work since 2008. In 2012 he joined London art gallery Rook & Raven where he had his first sell out solo exhibition ‘Vintage Vogue’. He has since left the gallery and works non exclusively with various creative agents & art dealers.
  • The first artist in the world to create art using both ballpoint and spray paints together.
  • Influenced by the London street art scene; Mylne has been exhibited alongside Street Art legends such as Shepard Fairey, D*Face, Banksy, Mr. Brainwash and more.
  • Worked for Bic (maker of the pens he uses) to create a video of him doing one of his artworks that now has had over 730,000 hits on YouTube. See the video here.
  • James has collaborated with famous photographers such as Terry o”Neill, Ex Rolling Stones guitarist Bill Wyman, and Roger Eaton.
  • His most celebrated artwork is that of Audrey Hepburn, titled “Audrey”. The video showing the making of which is shown below.

More information on Wikipedia’s page for James here.

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Press

Below are some images summarizing some press coverage of James Mylne Art over recent years:

TRT World TV Interview on Art Wars. Dec 2015

TRT World TV Interview. Dec 2015

GQ Magazine, 2 page spread. Feb 2015

GQ Magazine, 2 page spread. Feb 2015

BBC London News feature & interview. 2014

BBC London News feature & interview. 2014

Interviewed live on BBC Blue Peter. 2012

Interviewed live on BBC Blue Peter. 2012

Expansive online & print coverage for solo show 2012.

Expansive online & print coverage for solo show 2012.

Featured video on BBC website. 2012

Featured video on BBC website. 2012

Bond artwork shown live on ITV news, London. 2012

Artwork shown live on ITV news, London. 2012

Front cover of Addlib magazine. 2011

Front cover of Addlib magazine. 2011

Front cover on K9 magazine. 2010

Front cover on K9 magazine. 2010

Interview & work shown on ITV London Tonight. 2010

Interview & work shown on ITV London Tonight. 2010

Work featured in Artists & Illustrators magazine. 2009.

Work featured in Artists & Illustrators magazine. 2009


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5 Comments
  • julia macaulay says:

    Really would love to see your work. Dates, places. please.

  • Emma Furlong Hems says:

    Hello

    My colleague just showed me your work, she’s a huge fan of it and it completely shut me up! We read that when you were at college your tutors thought your work was ‘just pretty pictures’. How wrong they were as you have amazing talent, also good for you for persisting to make the medium and use of the ball point pen look literally breathtaking . I too went to art college, BA + MA and was slated for focussing on screen printing – so what!

    Good luck in your burgeoning career.

    All the best

    Emma and MNV

    • admin says:

      Thanks Emma!
      Yeah – I had a problem with the way they (art college tutors) went about shoveling conceptual & abstract crap down our throats. They almost expelled me for saying it was all bullshit. I was annoyed I had to pursue my ballpoint artworks at home outside art college as if I was being naughty and doing something forbidden.
      Thanks again Emma and good luck with yourself!

  • Thomas Jones says:

    Hi
    I’ve been looking for artist that uses ballpoint pen and I found your would which I think is brilliant. would love to study your work for my A level project. Is there any places which I can find your work to look at in person e.g any galleries which show it and where. thank you

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