BALL POINT PEN, WATERCOLOR, PASTEL, CHARCOAL AND COLOR PENCIL ON MYLAR
20 IN. X 24 IN. X 3IN.
Fueled with inspiration from music and the nostalgic memories of my turbulent teenage years, I’ve tried to utilize my self-taught techniques, cultivated from urban doctrines, in an effort to create art that evokes an honest & hopefully profound emotional experience.
My name is Tai Taeoalii, I am an American/Samoan artist. Growing up as a bi-racial child in Salt Lake City, Utah, in a predominantly white, suburban environment, I inadequately fabricated a self-perception of pariahdom. Tormented with that angst and confusion at such a young age, I was fortunate to discover that the arts were a perfect way to express the frustrations of my cultural identity. Through my artistic explorations I realized my auto-didactic ability, which lead to experimentation with nearly every type of art-form, but none have captured and retained my affections as strongly as drawing with a ballpoint pen, so that has been my central focus for the past 8 years.
My recent artworks are surreal creations of ballpoint pen drawings on Mylar film, with the additional accent use of color pencils, pastels, charcoals and a drizzle of watercolors.
While my art is seemingly filled with symbolic imagery, bearing social or political commentary, I never consciously approach a drawing with the intent of forcing my beliefs or opinions on viewers. My creative process spawns from an organic and authentic subconscious journey and my creations manifest more by virtue of my own self-evaluation and less of propagating my ideology.
With over 260 thousand followers on Facebook & Instagram and thousands of my original artworks sold worldwide, I’ve recently taken my art “on the road”. While splitting my creation-time between my studio in Salt Lake City, Utah and my new studio location in
Hannibal, Missouri, I’ve been touring the U.S. with my wife and two children, demonstrating the versatility of the ballpoint pen through the trafficking of my art at galleries, museums and art fairs all across the nation.
BALL POINT PEN, WATERCOLOR, PASTEL, CHARCOAL AND COLOR PENCIL ON MYLAR, 20 IN. X 24 IN. X 3IN., 2016
A bestiary of a surreal pen drawing fusing natural with industrial. Graphite & charcoal smearing techniques are used to blend the drawing with watercolor wash backgrounds evoking dream-like visuals.
Fueled with inspiration from music & the nostalgic memories of my turbulent teenage years, I’ve tried to utilize my self-taught techniques, cultivated from urban doctrines, to create art that evokes a profound visual experience.