James 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. Stay up to date by subscribing for news etc on this page here.
“In between a Fine Artist & not 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 short showreel video below!), 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.”
“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“.
More information on Wikipedia’s page for James here.
Below are some images summarizing some press coverage of James Mylne Art over recent years: