With a BFA in Painting and Drawing from The University of Arizona, you’d think that Albert Chamillard’s artistic practice would require more than a simple pen. But sometimes, it’s the simplest images that capture our imagination best. Such are Chamillard’s monochromatic drawings, often presented on yellowing sheets of paper.
Inspired by Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, and Edward Gorey, Chamillard’s illustrations often center around simple geometric shapes, with an emphasis on symmetry and composition. Though fairly basic, his illustrations have grabbed the attention of over 10k followers on Instagram, and have also been exhibited nationally.
Based in Tucson, AZ, Chamillard operates a drawing and bookmaking studio. “I work during the day, so on weekdays I generally start drawing around 8 pm, and work for 2-3 hours,” he shared with Faithwaites. “Weekends provide more daytime hours, and I draw quickly, so I’m able to produce a lot of finished work. I find it helpful to have small sketchbooks with me, so I can work out ideas and sketches if I’m on the phone at work, in a meeting, etc. This time also includes finding shows, preparing works for exhibition, documenting, etc.”
His practice involves much practice. “I also draw and make art every day, and I think that having a daily practice is a natural motivator, as well,” says Chamillard. “I have a day job, and I’m a busy parent, so it’s not always easy, but for me, a lot of the drive to make art comes from the process of making art.”