Andrew Browne - Artist in Tokyo

Andrew Browne

I'm an artist in Tokyo, Japan

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About me

Andrew Browne is an American artist based in Tokyo and Minneapolis. His youth was dominated by film—genre-based and filmmaker retrospectives as well as film festivals showcasing independent films from around the world. It was precisely this exposure that inspired his interest in art and storytelling and helped develop his sensibilities and style. A random chance to see contemporary prints out of Tokyo by Hisaharu Motoda led to Andrew learning intaglio and lithography formally and his decision to pursue drawing professionally.

His ballpoint pen drawings take on ideas of social disconnect, dystopia, and humanity while exploring the subcultures, youth, and politics of the films that permeated his formative years. The meditative quality of his process is itself an escape, and with it comes a focus allowing Andrew to build complex drawings from layers of fine lines.

Andrew is now looking to create art for films as well as expand his creative work into the world of comics.

My Creations

  1. The Demon Queller

    15 September 2015

    A contemporary take on [part of] a Kuniyoshi woodblock print. Ballpoint pen on paper.

  2. Contemporary Idols #1

    15 September 2015

    A look at contemporary Japanese and American idols. Ballpoint pen on paper.

  3. Contemporary Idols #2

    15 September 2015

    A look at contemporary Japanese and American idols. Ballpoint pen on paper.

  4. Contemporary Idols #3

    15 September 2015

    A look at contemporary Japanese and American idols. Ballpoint pen on paper.

  5. A ballpoint pen sketch of the Suehirotei rakugo theater in Shinjuku for IMANO TOKYO.

  6. Salaryman Buddha | 傲岸不遜 サラリーマン大仏

    Ballpoint pen on bristol. This is part of a larger series on contemporary idols—the ideas some idolize and what others believe they themselves should be idolized for.

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  7. Schoolgirl Buddha | 人造人間 女子高生大仏

    Ballpoint pen on bristol. This is part of a larger series on contemporary idols—the ideas some idolize and what others believe they themselves should be idolized for.

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  8. Shonan (Commission)

    1 March 2017
    Shonan (Commission)

    The owners of a restaurant in Kanagawa commissioned this drawing.Original: Ballpoint on bristol, A3Restaurant: 1 x 1.5 m wall sticker

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  9. MMXV

    5 October 2017
    MMXV

    Ballpoint pen on bristol, 305 x 432 mmThis drawing was one of my first ballpoint pen drawings back in late 2015. Having been influenced so significantly by Tokyo, I wa...

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  10. Charger

    25 October 2017
    Charger

    Ballpoint pen, 6.9 x 9.8 in (176 x 250 mm), June 2017.This is the start of a new series I'll be working on, motivated by the state of the world and pulling from my own...

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  11. Throne

    21 November 2017
    Throne

    Ballpoint pen, 6.9 x 9.8 in (176 x 250 mm), August 2017. Based on an early 90s G&L Guitars SB-2 bass.

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  12. Sundaze Bonsai I

    28 November 2017
    Sundaze Bonsai I

    One of two collaborations with Switzerland-based Studio Sundaze, a table manufacturer inspired by surf culture. My bonsai drawings were meant to mimic the concept behi...

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  13. Sundaze Bonsai II

    4 December 2017
    Sundaze Bonsai II

    The second of two collaborations with Switzerland-based Studio Sundaze, a table manufacturer inspired by surf culture. My bonsai drawings were meant to mimic the conce...

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  14. Metalhead—Doomsday Cowboy

    6 February 2018
    Metalhead—Doomsday Cowboy

    Doomsday cowboy inspired by the metal scene in Botswana.Ink and screentone, 297 x 420 mm (11.7 x 16.5 in).

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  15. Metalhead—Electric Bass

    Inspired by the metal scene in Botswana.Ink and screentone, 297 x 420 mm (11.7 x 16.5 in).

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  16. Ninenzaka (Kyoto)

    16 April 2018
    Ninenzaka (Kyoto)

    A digital drawing of the Ninenzaka hill in Kyoto from 2014, based on a pencil sketch. Completed after a nighttime visit to the area; inspired and informed by 1960s Jap...

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  17. Kingdom

    29 June 2020
    Kingdom

    A ballpoint pen drawing based on the Netflix series Kingdom (킹덤). A personal (fan art) project completed over about two weeks.Ballpoint pen on B3 Muse illustration boa...

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  18. 操那些警察 (**** The Police)

    A ballpoint pen drawing created in response and in support of the 2019–2020 Hong Kong protests. I believe it is important that people around the world always stand up ...

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  19. Fearless (April 2021)

    I created this piece to show my support for protestors demonstrating against the military junta in Myanmar as well as to help increase awareness regarding the crisis i...

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  20. Hey. Case, good buddy . . . . (Neuromancer)

    An adaptation of a moment from Neuromancer by William Gibson. ‘The (…) laminate of the tabletop was dull with a patina of tiny scratches… fogged with something that co...

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  21. 明日の事を言えば鬼が笑う | No One Knows What The Future Holds

    An illustration of mine in the Summer 2021 issue of Metropolis.I was asked to create an illustration based on the Japanese proverb 明日の事を言えば鬼が笑う, translated literally a...

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