Ballpoint Art

By Trent Morse

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  • Paperback
  • 172 illustrations
  • 176 pages
  • 10¼ x 7⅜
  • ISBN 9781780678528
  • Published August 2016

This stunning book is the first compendium of art made with ballpoint pens. It features 30 artists from around the world who are currently making masterpieces with this humble tool. They create works on wallpaper, canvas, sculpture, enormous sheets of paper, and even buildings, depicting a wide range of subjects – from densely layered portraits to abstract scribbles.

These artists pick up the pen for many reasons: for its ubiquity and everydayness, for the particular feel of ballpoint ink, and even sometimes for its difficulty. Ballpoint Art is a compelling showcase of the remarkable ends to which they put this highly accessible tool.

About the Author

Trent Morse lives in Brooklyn, New York. He has written features, profiles, news and reviews for ARTnews, Art+Auction, Saatchi Art and other publications, and he is the managing editor of Introspective.

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Spaces and Structures

Il Lee (USA/South Korea)

Thomas Nozkowski (USA)

Angiola Gatti (Italy)

Jan Fabre  (Belgium)

Dawn Clements (USA)

Rebecca Chamberlain (USA)

Russell Crotty (USA)

Ignacio Uriarte (Germany)

Thomas Müller (Germany)

Ghazel (France/Iran)

Butt Johnson (USA)

Wai Pong-Wu (China)

Melvin Way (USA)

Beverly Baker (USA)

Lori Ellison (USA)


Creatures and Characters

Bill Adams (Canada)

Toyin Odutola (USA/Nigera)

Joo Lee Kang (USA/South Korea)

Marlene McCarty (USA)

Thomas Hirschhorn (France/Switzerland)

Yoshitomo Nara (Japan)

Riiko Sakkinen (Spain/Iceland)

Jake and Dinos Chapman (UK)

Rita Ackermann (USA/Hungary)

Renato Orara (USA/Philippines)

Claudio Ethos (Brazil)

Seb Patane (UK/Italy)

Mehrdad Rashidi (Germany/Iran)

C.J. Pyle (USA)

Noviadi Angkasapura (Indonesia)