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Inspiration: CJ Pyle

Maison Savant: ”I found out about this fantastic artist through the Outsider Art sourcebook. His fantastical drawings are all so perfect, they’re fascinating to look at. Besides this, Christopher seems to be a very nice man, hopefully we can meet one day and set up a collaboration!”

Artist statement:

C J. Pyle (Christopher John Pyle) was born July 5th, 1956 in Richmond Indiana.

I had never seen anything like my woven-knot technique before I developed it, so there was no inspiration for it, really. I just loved the act of drawing and had been drawing consistently since about age 12. I guess if you do something that much over the years you might discover something, and I think that I did.

As to how the weave technique with a ball point pen developed? It came out of
the rock clubs, where I played from the mid-seventies into the early nineties. As a traveling musician, there’d be down time because of sound checks, breaks, traveling, etc. and I would while away the time perfecting the weave.

As a child, I loved the detailed ink work of Basil Wolverton and also loved making rope knots–I tied hundreds of them — and became fi x ated on the weave of the rope. So those two inspirations somehow found its way into my personal artwork many years later; they’re the foundation for my work.

I like making two-color portraits; I don’t really know why I just do. As a kid, drawing faces is what I fixated on. I also find creating an image with limited color much more challenging than one created with many colors.