Sunday, March 24, 2024





James Cook (not the guy who claimed Australia for England in 1770) is an artist, but not your garden variety of artist.

From his website at:
Welcome to James Cook’s collection of typewriter art. From small commissions to drawings made of more than 500,000 characters, James has produced close to 300 pieces of work on his growing collection of more than 60 typewriters.

James describes his artwork as “a picture worth a thousand words” and has produced artwork for celebrities, public figures and musicians.


His words:
I am a 23-year-old London-based typewriter artist. I consider typewriter art, colloquially known as a “typicition”, a part-time job with architectural design as the focal point of my career goals. My subject matter delves into architecture, landscape and portraiture (both human and animal).

I have been producing my “typicitions” for over 6 years and the scale of my work ranges from the size of a postcard and the antithesis of this being rolls-upon-rolls of paper. Specifically, these are drawings constructed in section and hot-pressed together thereby allowing for creations larger than the limitations of a typewriter’s traditional paper-feed.

Subsequently, each drawing can take anywhere between a week and a month to complete. 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.
Whilst most of my work is straightforward by its frame of reference, the use of perspective and concept of concealing of information plays and important role in how the drawings are observed by the viewer. Some of my more recent works feature hidden written messages which only become visible from up-close and thereby add another dimension to the drawings. Comparatively, my work is difficult to be distinguished as type-written from a far distance.

Museum Week Magazine



Keira Rathbone is another typewriter artist who makes detailed drawings on a typewriter she bought from a Poole charity shop.

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