James Mylne Summary
Location: SW London.
Education: BA degree in Drawing and MA degree, Camberwell College of Arts, London.
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Representation: Non exclusively with Helix Gallery | Westbank Gallery | Fine Arts London | Leon Martyn | Underdog Gallery
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. 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.
My artwork received a fair amount of media coverage around 2012 for my photo realistic drawings of famous icons old & new, I still love these works and I often still do the odd one in this way, however my work has been progressing further.
In recent years I’ve been slowly and purposefully digging deeper regarding the subject matter. Instead of innocently covering celebrity, I’ve been stripping away the surface and exploring the darker side associated with popular culture, shameless vanity, and our ironic search for identity within it all. My understanding is that there is no real self, so our intent of defining ourselves is inherently flawed.
The main driver behind this evolving approach is my fascination and deep beliefs rooted in Buddhist principles. An example of how this has been manifesting in my work is in my latest series: “On Lux Bags”.
More information on Wikipedia’s page for James here.
Below are some images summarizing some press coverage of James Mylne Art over recent years: