James Mylne Summary
Location: SW London.
Education: BA degree in Drawing and MA degree, Camberwell College of Arts, London.
Exhibitions: James just had his biggest solo exhibition to date, more info here.
Next exhibition is with Vivienne Westwood & Olumide Gallery, more info here.
James Mylne is a British contemporary artist known for his drawings in ballpoint pen. His technical abilities with the unorthodox art medium have earned Mylne recognition in Europe and the UK, where he is considered among the leaders of the genre and emulated by art students. The Ballpointer online journal called Mylne “Britain’s premier ballpoint pen artist” in a 2015 feature article. The artist’s photorealist likenesses of iconic celebrities attracted early media attention and continues to be one aspect of his output. Mylne also creates mixed-media works adding spray paint, magic markers and more to his ballpoint originals. – Wikipedia.
“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“.
More information on Wikipedia’s page for James here.
Below are some images summarizing some press coverage of James Mylne Art over recent years: