Biography

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 fi x ated on. I also find creating an image with limited color much more challenging than one created with many colors.

GALLERY SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS: 

Raw Vision/25 years of Art Brut, 25th anniversary exhibition. Halle St Pierre Museum, Paris France. Sept 18, 2013 - Aug 22, 2014

C.J.Pyle - D.J. Ojekere, The Hughes Gallery. Sydney, Australia. Aug 10 - Sept 4, 2013

Outside - In, University of North Carolina Pembroke. July 24 - Sept 6, 2013

Forever Young, Good News Only, Chicago IL. March 3 - May 25, 2012.

C.J.Pyle - Scott Ogden, Twisted, Ricco Maresca Gallery. New York, New York. June 23 - Aug 19, 2011

C.J.Pyle - Skin Deep, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago IL. Oct 28 - Dec 30, 2011

Forget me NOT: Self Taught Portraits, Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago IL. Sept 10 - Dec 31, 2010

C.J.Pyle - Kilroy's Delight, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago IL. Oct 2009

Midwestern Blab!, A+D Gallery, Chicago IL. June 2009

Primal, Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago IL. June 2009

Blab! Show, Copro Nason Gallery. Los Angeles CA. Sept 2008

Blab! Museum Retrospective, Mirianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan KS. Aug 2008

Blab! Show, Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis MO. Oct 2007

Blab! Shoe, Copro Nason Gallery, Los Angeles CA. 2007