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Agelio Batle: graphite sculptures
 


Sculptor Agelio Batle makes these unusual implements that are equally an object of art and a functional drawing/writing tool. Each one was meticulously hand crafted in his San Francisco studio. First, he carves an original design in clay. With intense pressure, carbonaceous graphite (same material in pencils) and smudge-resistant compounds are fused into a reproducible form using a proprietary technique that Batle invented. Finally using delicate carving and traditional finishing techniques, the piece is completed. All their surfaces can draw and the graphite will resist smudging onto your hand. With daily use they should last 7 to 9 years.
 

 

 
small-bamboo72.jpg Batle Small Graphite Bamboo
$35.00
 
small-lady-slipper.jpg Batle Small Graphite Lady Slipper Orchid
$35.00
 
small-leaf72.jpg Batle Small Graphite Leaf
$35.00
 
small-olive72.jpg Batle Small Graphite Olive Branch
$35.00

A symbol of peace throughout the world, the olive inspires compassion, understanding and unity. According to Jewish and Christian traditions, the olive branch spoke to Noah of God's grace after the flood. In Islam, the "blessed tree" of the olive, bearing gift of oil and fruit, brings light to the spirti and to the world.
 
small-peapod72.jpg Batle Small Graphite Pea Pod
$35.00
 
small-quill72.jpg Batle Small Graphite Quill
$35.00

Weightlessly, the quill brings words soaring on the spirit of prayer and protection. In Islam, the quill is thought to have been created from light one thousand years before God created anything else. Also a symbol of predestination, the quill writes words imbued with a spiritual and ancient guidance.
 
small-spindle-shell72.jpg Batle Small Graphite Shell
$35.00
 
small-snake72.jpg Batle Small Graphite Snake
$35.00
 
small-humming.jpg Batle Small Grphite Hummingbird
$35.00
 
small-wing72.jpg Batle Small Graphite Wing
$35.00
 
sparrow-web-sm.jpg Batle Small Graphite Sparrow
$35.00

"I wish I could make more birds in graphite but they have to be the right proportion (the beaks can’t be too thin and long). The Sparrow is just the perfect scale. And it fits perfectly in the hand. The bottom is curved so it has a rocking motion if you tip the end and release it. I also exaggerated the tail to a point, better to draw with this end rather than the beak. It’s become the Studio favorite!" -Agelio Batle
 
whale.jpg Batle Small Graphite Whale
$35.00
 
Batle-alligator.jpg Batle Graphite Alligator
$68.00

Thriving in the fresh water habitats of the American subtropical southeast, the Alligator is the undisputed apex predator of land and water. Virtually unchanged for 200 million years, it is a floating time capsule armed with a prehistoric ferocity that fought with dinosaurs. Respected and admired throughout time, it has become a symbol of strength and power, a living reminder of the enduring untamable wilderness.
 
Batle-Dragonfly.jpg Batle Graphite Dragonfly
$68.00

Among the earth's oldest creatures, the dragonfly has captivated imaginations across cultures since antiquity. Dragonflies were the winged shamans of Zuni myth and legend, carrying supernatural powers and the possibility of spiritual transformation in their whirlwind of flight. Revered for centuries in Japan, the dragonfly was thought to swiftly carry the spirits of ancestors to their beloveds. These shimmering, iridescent bodies also drift into Western folkloric traditions in which dragonflies were known as the needle-shaped gatekeepers of truth, sewing with threads the voice of the deceitful. .
 
Batle-Ginkgo2.jpg Batle Graphite Ginko
$63.00

In temples throughout China, the sacred ginkgo tree abounds. One of the most ancient, unchanged species of trees, the ginkgo, lives as a reminder of the possibilty of immortality. The simple and natural design of its bright yellow, fan-like leaves reflects as impervious beauty, eternally unchanged by time's ravage and human imperfection.
 
products/Batle/Batle-hand.jpg Batle Graphite Hand
$75.00
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It's not the pencil that draws, it is your hand. 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. San Francisco artist Agelio Batle's Drawing Hand is both a poetic metaphor and a functioning drawing tool; all of its surfaces can write. Committed to making art from materials that are part of daily experience, the artist originated this work by casting his own hand (Drawing Hand No.1) in pencil lead, graphite, each day for the calendar year 1999. Wishing to share the insights gleaned from that sculptural process with a wider public, he similarly cast a child's hand (Drawing Hand No.2) to create the object before you.
 
Batle-Oak.jpg Batle Graphite Oak Leaf
$61.00

Often the largest living thing in its landscape, with roots as deep and as broad as its canopy of leaves, the mighty oak stands alone as a symbol of strength, longevity and loyalty. Considered sacred to the ancient societies of Europe, its leaves adorn the emblems of powerful clans and nations. Prized for its great strength and beauty, its timbers grace our homes and institutions with warmth and assurance that endures for generations.
 
Batle Graphite Olive Branch
$42.00
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A symbol of peace throughout the world, the olive inspires compassion, understanding and unity. According to Jewish and Christian traditions, the olive branch spoke to Noah of God's grace after the flood. In Islam, the "blessed tree" of the olive, bearing gift of oil and fruit, brings light to the spirti and to the world.
 
Batle-Owl.jpg Batle Graphite Owl
$73.00
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Under the cover of night, the owl hunts, with uncanny stealth, swooping through the forest canopy. Armed with the sensitivity to see in complete darkness and to hear minute rustling at 75 feet, its prey rarely escapes. The Ancients of every culture in which it roosts, acknowledged its power and linked it to the world of secrecy and the supernatural. Perched on the arm of Athena, Greek goddess of wisdom, the owl reveals the hidden worlds beyond her reach, illuminating its dark and silent edges.
 
Batle Graphite Quill
$55.00
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Weightlessly, the quill brings words soaring on the spirit of prayer and protection. In Islam, the quill is thought to have been created from light one thousand years before God created anything else. Also a symbol of predestination, the quill writes words imbued with a spiritual and ancient guidance.
 
products/Batle/Batle-raven.jpg Batle Graphite Raven
$63.00
162002
With uncanny intelligence and a curious nature, ravens have figured a permanent place in the lore of Northwest Coast native cultures. Cast as both a Trickster and the Creator, ravens are portrayed as selfish, mischievous and ever-hungry, foiling the unsuspecting and the prosaic. Despite its treacherous ways, native cosmology recognizes this Trickster’s chaos as transformational. While he may leave ruin in his wake, he also reveals new possibilities and creative evolution. In its most popular tale, the raven steals the sun from a hoarding old man then clumsily drops and breaks it illuminating the cold, dark world.
 
Batle Graphite Tree Frog
$58.00
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Every frog replays a prehistoric rite from swimming in the primordial ooze to leaping out onto dry land, a transformation that reenacts a million years of evolution in a singular moment. Embraced as a symbol for fertility and luck in both Eastern and Western cultures, the frog beckons the wisdom of change and adaptation in our modern lives.
 
Batle-twistedleaf-161424-48-wnew.jpg Batle Graphite Twisting Leaf
$56.00
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Unfurling toward the blaze of the sun, leaves bask to sustain us. Like open palms, they gather and harness energy from light, a miracle that is the foundation for nearly all life on earth. Our prosperity depends on its ability to thrive and grow, for we breathe its oxygen, eat of its body and take refuge in its canopy. As Walt Whitman implies in “Leaves of Grass” we, and they are myriad, extending through rich, black soil across the reach of continents.
 
Batle-Humming.jpg Batle Graphite Hummingbird
$61.00