James Mylne Summary Location: SW London. Education: BA degree in Drawing and MA degree, Camberwell College of Arts, London. Description: Fine Artist. Specialist in photo-realism using ballpoint pens, mostly complimented with multimedia, on paper/card. Representation: Currently independent (previously with Rook & Raven Gallery).
“I began drawing realistic artwork from an early age. Around the age of 14 I realized 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 just as pretty pictures.
Since then it has grown in popularity and has begun to become a more acceptable 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 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 am bringing them together all at once in some artworks and focusing in on certain ones in others. For pretty much the first time I am working on a piece of work that encompasses most of these areas in one, see here.”
He was recently featured on BBC London news with exhibition coverage and an interview. View on YouTube here.
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.
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, and more.
Worked for Bic (maker of the pens he uses) to create a video of him doing one his artworks that now has had over 730,000 hits on YouTube. See the video here.