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Art Below x James Mylne

From taxidermied snakes to Stormtrooper helmets, Art Below continues to delight our visitors with their innovative artist collaborations. This October 2015, they present photorealistic biro artist James Mylne at The Other Art Fair.

 James has spent the last eleven weeks creating ‘Samsara in the City’, a work that will be unveiled at the Private View of the fair.


“I created this over the course of 11 weeks (total of 178 hours) 10 weeks of that was drawing the city in ballpoint pen and fine marker. The 2nd longest I’ve spent on a work ever but also the first time I’ve combined photo-realistic pen drawing with abstract paintwork (at the top which obviously represents heaven).

The tired and burnt out Buggs Bunny just serves as a subject representing anyone/everyone running around during life getting stressed out over things that have no real meaning, whilst the things that really hold meaning tend to get neglected. That meaning is represented by the infinite sky which blends into heaven.”

The Sky is the focus for a whole genre of my artworks which is called The Sky Series.”


“The Sky in general features a lot in my work. But a bunch of them, here, are more focused on it. The inspiration behind it all is from a Zen Buddhist saying: “The true nature of your mind is like that of the sky”.

So the sky is there in each artwork. Each artwork is linked together by the clouds under the sky in different places and times. The clouds are meant to closely resemble traditional Tibetan clouds that you’d see in their Buddhist paintings.”

Watch James drawing in his studio in this short film by the talented Adam Palmer.