Albert Chamillard’s monochromatic pen drawings are pleasing in their simplicity and geometric symmetry. By utilizing easily available materials such as well worn books, found pieces of paper, and the simplest of drawing tools, his works are immediately familiar. And though simple, his drawings and works on paper have been exhibited nationally, on top of gaining an impressive following online.
Inspired by Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, and Edward Gorey, Chamillard’s illustrations make for a soothing, meditative effect. With a BFA in Painting and Drawing from The University of Arizona, he operates a drawing and bookmaking studio in Tucson, AZ, where he has lived for eighteen years.
“I work during the day, so on weekdays I generally start drawing around 8 pm, and work for 2-3 hours,” he relayed in an interview with Faithwaites. “Weekends provide more daytime hours, and I draw quickly, so I’m able to produce a lot of finished work. I find it helpful to have small sketchbooks with me, so I can work out ideas and sketches if I’m on the phone at work, in a meeting, etc. This time also includes finding shows, preparing works for exhibition, documenting, etc.”
“I love making art,” he says, “so I find it easy to motivate myself – it’s something I always want more time to do. I also draw and make art every day, and I think that having a daily practice is a natural motivator, as well. I have a day job, and I’m a busy parent, so it’s not always easy, but for me, a lot of the drive to make art comes from the process of making art.”
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