ball point pen paintings


Brooklyn based artist Shane McAdams grew up in the southwestern desert.  he spent many of his childhood years on a Navajo reservation and his work is largely influenced by that time in his life.  many of the people living on the reservation use mundane materials such as Elmer’s glue, ballpoint pen ink, resin, white-out, etc to create art – they push the limits of these materials to create beautiful works.  it is no surprise then, that the material Shane chose to work with for this specific series was ball-point pen ink.

Shane extracts the ink from the pens, heats it up and mixes it with solvents before it’s placed on the paper.  he does not force the ink by hand in any direction, but lets gravity or wind or other physical forces choose the direction of the ink.
the work definitely reminds me of natural landscapes… i can see waterfalls and mountain-scapes within these.  i think all the pieces are absolutely gorgeous, the colors all bleed together so perfectly and i would love to have a print of any of these hanging in my house.
– smiley


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