move over technology, you have no place here. was the one line that was going through my mind when i came across this piece of art – aptly called typewriter art.
this was just plain, pure creativity and a bucket load of patience.
and that’s what james may is all about. this british artist from braintree, bought his first typewriter in 2014 – a 1956 oliver courier from an elderly couple who were looking to get rid of a few of their antiques that were collecting dust. it was then when the magic began to quite literally type itself.
and now over 6 years later, james cook has created over a 100 paintings using typewriter art. with subjects ranging from pets to a person’s grandparents to musicians, actors and many public figures.
talking about his inspiration, james says that the philadelphia based typewriter artist paul smith was the one that got him started on this journey. and it was this form of art with it’s control and precision that helped him get through his cerebral palsy.
james says, “each drawing is assembled from a variety of characters, letters and punctuation marks using the forty-four keys of a typical typewriter. Information is overlaid and the keys are tapped at variable pressures to achieve tonal shading.”
his art ranges in size from a small postcard to much larger ones that can go up to 4 feet x 3 feet and contain over 100,000 alphabets, numbers and symbols.