Pictoplasma Part 2

Day two of the Pictoplasma Character Walk and we find ourselves jumping across the city from Mitte to Kreuzberg and back again - there are exhibitions from over 1000 international artists to be found in all quarters of Berlin. Settling in Kreuzberg we find a small gallery space with a solitary exhibition of hand cut paper flowers, plants and tropical birds suspended from the ceiling.

Diana Beltran Herrera

diana-beltran-herrera Bold, bright and colourful this has to be my favourite exhibition of the lot created by Columbian artist Diana Beltran Herrera. Despite describing her work "as an exploration of the chillingly disengaged relationships between humans and nature" I found it to be pleasing to the eye, beautiful, incredibly detailed and exuding positivity.

The Pictoplasma Portrait Gallery

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Wondering through streets lined by ornate and decorative pastels; a warm breeze puts a spring in our step as we head to the Pictoplasma Portrait Gallery at Kaufhaus Jandorf, BrunnenStrase 19-21.

Guided through into what appears to be an old derelict building lit by florescent pinks and blues characters of all shapes and sizes, good and bad fight for attention across walls, walkways, floors, on videos, animations and even in shopping trolleys.

portrait-gallery I join in with the "inflationary trend for self-portraits" as I stand in front of the #CharacterSelfies wall.

pictoplasma-portrait-gallery The Pictoplasma White Noise Exhibition first seen in Madrid Spain also makes an appearance.

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Exploding Head Extinct Animal Illustrations

Continuing at the Portrait Gallery I discovered an artist called Andrea Wan, born in Hong Kong, raised in Vancouver she now lives in Berlin. Awan

With only one delicate watercolour piece on display depicting a relaxed but fractured head from which animals escape I was intrigued to find out more. After a quick Google search I found an entire series of Exploding Head Extinct Animals Illustrations. Have a look for yourself on Andrea Wan's blog.

Kimiaki Yaegashi

Moving from Hong Kong to Japan I first discovered Kimiaki Yaegashi through Kuvva (wallpapers for iphone and mac) Kimiaki's pop surreal images had adorned my desktop for weeks prior to seeing his first ever solo exhibition 'Octagon' at the Panatom Gallery.

kimiaki-yaegashi-2 In the exhibition he explores the number eight which is considered lucky in Japanese culture.

Friendly Turtles and other Animals

On route back to our hotel we find ourselves in a park where water fountains and stair ways are adorned by a strange yet inviting collection of sculptured animals. friendly-turtle

As we walk through the columns watched by white stone deer, lions, chimps, frogs and pups it feels like a scene from Alice in Wonderland captured and set in stone. It seems Berlin's mysterious side begins to unveil herself as we prepare for a visit to the The Berlin Wall.

The East Side Gallery (Berlin Wall)

As a tourist there is nothing that can prepare you for the effect history plays on your time in the ever evolving city of Berlin. berlin-wall

Despite the modernist architecture and liberal attitudes of the city folk history seeps through every crack, is round every corner biting at your heels.

Every time I visit the East Side Gallery on Mühlenstraße I´m surprised by the strange combination of moving powerful messages and artwork coupled with the free flowing drinks and party atmosphere just the other side of The Wall.

A friend tells me there are currently protests taking place across the city to save The Wall from demolition. Certain areas look to remove it in the name of progress, while others wish to preserve it in the hope it will serve as a reminder of the not so distant past.

Urban Spree Birthday Bash

Finally we set off into the night to the grand finale a special 10th anniversary party at Urban Spree a graffiti laden arts venue housing a gallery, theater, outdoor bar and cinema.

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Taking in the Academy All Stars Exhibition in the gallery space, schmoozing with the elite of the illustration world and enjoying a bizarre live performance by Big Butter (US) the duo of Tim Biskup and his brother Mike our time in Berlin was sadly drawing to a close.

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Berlin is a fantastic city with a huge amount of greenery, open park land, rivers that run throughout, fantastic architecture and an incredible history. This is my fourth time in the city and I know there is still so much more to discover so we've already planned to go back next Summer for a lazy wine fueled boat tour of the city.

 

Travel Sketches from Perú

We travelled the length and breadth of Perú for three months recording our journey on the Travel with Turton travel blog. Arthur Salt took care of the words and I created the images. I've started working on some travel sketches to record the time we spent there, the people we met on the way and the sights we saw on the road. black rottweiler sketch

'Pardo' your not so friendly neighbourhood Rottweiler is a great character to draw. He would insist on sitting directly outside Mario's front door so each visit would entail a wrestle with Pardo to get past.

Cusco_Old_Man_Sketch Struggling to stay awake this old guy was sat on a bench in Cusco in the San Blas region.

Lima Love

'Lima Love' is a recognisable graffiti tag found in subtle spots all over the city of Lima. I'm looking forward to getting some pure Peruvian colours on this, it's got to be neon all the way. I will be working on more travel sketches inspired by our time in Perú over the coming weeks and will be posting them up on my Instagram profile as time goes on.

New Year, New Website, New Travel Plans

It's been busy over the last couple of months, I've been working on some exciting collaborations, new commissions, this new website and, perhaps most importantly, on my travel plans to South America! Before I delve into that, here on my brand new site you’ll find an updated portfolio packed to the brim with my latest work and recent news. The idea is to streamline my illustration content making it easier for me to manage (while I'm away) and for you to find and stay up to date with my portfolio and blog in one place.

It's Responsive

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The new website is fully responsive so you can view it ‘on the go’ on any device. Leave me a reply and let me know what you think?

New Work

I've been asked to get involved with an interactive editorial illustration iPad App called 'New Wave'. Due for release in early 2014 by Republic Press I'm itching to see the final result and will keep you posted on the final release dates. Over the Autumn I also worked on a collaboration for the Eye Candy Festival in Birmingham which launched at the end of October. I was commissioned to produce some large scale pieces for feature across one of Birmingham’s last surviving derelict Victorian buildings – Unity House. You can see and read more about the Unity House Illustrations here.

Travel with Turton

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So for more exciting news…I will start 2014 with a year long trip to Peru! Having finally bitten the bullet, quit my job, rented my house, sold my car, furniture and imac I will be spending the next year learning Spanish, getting to know family and volunteering at a Children's Charity. I plan to document my travels and journey across South America over at travelwithturton.com a travel blog covering design, photography, illustration, fashion and food. The latest interview is with Hass and Hahn of Favela Painting, they talk about their most recent Kickstarter project to raise $100,000 to paint an entire hillside favela in Rio de Jenero, Brazil.

Finally - staying in touch

While I'm away and as long as I have a decent wi-fi connection I'll be blogging on travelwithturton.com and updating this site with hand drawn sketches and illustrations of my adventures. You can follow me on twitter, facebook, flickr, Google+ and instagram too, links are at the top of the site, so be sure to say ‘hi’. Wishing everyone a good New Year I look forward to sharing my South American adventures with you in 2014!

The Spot Morocco

I totally recommend this place for a surfing holiday in sunny Morocco. Owned and run by good friends Nic and Zak we took a trip over to Africa to learn to surf, check out the sights and local food with The Spot Morocco. My brother did the branding for The Spot and was really chuffed to see it used on their latest video. Wupah!

Surfing in Morocco with The Spot Morocco means good company, great instruction, amazing local food and local knowledge and expertise. They offer unbeatable surfing holidays and are perfectly located near Taghazout for an unforgettable surf holiday. So why not join them for the ultimate surf adventure here in Morocco!

Find out more at: www.thespotmorocco.com

More articles about Morocco with some great photography can be found here: Marakesh and Essaouira