The Pen is Mightier: Joan Salo

17 Aug

So many times when we think of paintings, it brings to mind mostly oils and acrylics.  But there are a few artists out there who are creating artwork on canvas utilizing a medium usually reserved for more prosaic pursuits– like making out grocery lists.  Artists like Joan Salo are creating large scale artwork using pens.

These aren’t your traditional pen and ink drawings.  These are pen-drawn abstract paintings on canvas, as rich and vibrant as any oil painting.

Untitled, pen on canvas, 59x59

These are like the spirographs we did as kids, taken to a whole new, grown-up level.  Vibrant colors, rendered in an organic, yet orderly composition.  These paintings have such a sense of movement, they almost seem alive.

Untitled, pen on canvas, 39x39

Some patterns are creations of color and shape woven together like textiles, creating a plaid-like composition.

Untitled, pen on canvas, 24x24

While others seem more like representations of wavelengths..

Untitled, pen on canvas, 39x39

… or call to mind a colorful cave filled with stalactites.

Untitled, pen on canvas, 59x59

Whatever it is that we see in Salo’s abstract works, she is reminding us that artists have long taken every day tools and used them to create the extraordinary.

To see more of Barcelona artist Joan Salo’s work, please visit her website.

All images are courtesy of the artist’s website.

2 Responses to “The Pen is Mightier: Joan Salo”

  1. zookyshirts August 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    These are really creative works. At first, I thought the images were from paint. But as you point out, they’re done with pens. Amazing stuff! I’ve never seen artwork done like this. Thanks for sharing these images!

    • Lesley August 17, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed them!

      All the best,

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