San Francisco artist Agelio Batle's Graphite Hands are both poetic metaphors and functioning drawing tools; all of their surfaces can write. Inspired by his reverence of Nature, and informed by his formal studies in Art and Science, San Francisco artist Agelio Batle has created this innovative sculptural writing implement. Natural graphite and smudge resistant compounds are fused in specialized forms under intense pressure. Handcrafted, using new and old world techniques, each piece is meticulously fashioned using the innovative methods that Batle originated.
In Agelio's words: "Whether drawing lines or inscribing words, the act of making marks lures ideas into the physical world. Hands perceive and reveal things that our eyes and conscious minds may never know. We discover things about ourselves and our thoughts by engaging the hand in a mark-making process."
The investigative nature of Agelio’s work may stem from his background in sciences – a BA in Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Not wishing to pursue a career in science, he returned to his lifelong interest in art and earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts. In 1998, Agelio’s early ceramic work was chosen by the American Craft Museum (NY) to represent the best work in the country for artists under thirty in Young Americans. In the years since, he has continued to exhibit in galleries and museums across the United States, including the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
See more of Agelio's work HERE.