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James Mylne Summary Location: SW London. Education: BA degree in Drawing and MA degree, Camberwell College of Arts, London. Gallery: In-dependant. Previously with Rook & Raven Gallery. Mostly exhibit in pop-up shows in London. See exhibitions here and subscribe here for news.
What Kind of Artist?
“In between a Fine Artist & not a Fine Artist. Is it a cliche to say my artwork doesn’t belong to any particular genre?
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, but I also use markers (thick & thin). I enjoy a little paintwork too, acrylic or spray paint – whatever works. Sometimes I even use collage… But mostly I draw.”
Stages of drawing an eye in ballpoint pen. 2010.
“I began drawing realistic artwork from an early age. Around the age of 14 I discovered the benefits of using ballpoint pens over pencil.
From the age of 19 I was selling my ballpoint drawings. Back then I was one of the only people working in this medium worldwide.
At university my tutors were not too keen on my drawings, viewing them as just pretty pictures.
Since then I’m the only professional artist from my 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 have collaborated with professional photographers (including Roger Eaton & Terry O’Neil) and stylists for source material but I admittedly still ‘rip’ a lot of imagery from the web.
I’m lucky to say my work has been exhibited alongside some big names (Hirst, Banksy & more) but I think it’s safe to say I am 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“.
Close up of drawing “Samsara & The City”
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.