The Arter Gallery
Opening hours Wednesday and Thursday 19 hour to 23 hour
Fridays 14 hour to 21 hour
Address: Hagenstraße 56
In July 2009 Australian Artist Lily Mae Martin will be showing her first European exhibition ‘Mêlée’ in Berlin, Germany. Lily’s work draws on her recent journeys throughout Europe; from post-war Berlin to the hyper-sensitivity of security and terrorism in London. Lily portrays her subjects as confused, chaotic and frantically searching to grasp some form of control and stability within their world through her drawings and paintings.
I took me three days to finish this drawing. While I was in the process a friend accidentally spilt a very lagre glass of water all over it. It’s a good thing I use thick paper to draw on, because it dried and there was nothing wrong with it.
Thanks Gene for posing for me to do this – you’re an awesome model.
“The Berlin Wall East Side Gallery is a 1.3km-long section of the wall near the center of Berlin. Approximately 106 paintings by artists from all over the world cover this memorial for freedom and make it the largest open air gallery in the world.”
It is currently in very poor condition, the remaining of the wall itself is crumbling away too. There is interest in repairing the remainder of the wall and the artwork, more about that here.
I bought myself a table easel from a store that was suggested to me by my friend Leo Plaw. – Boesner’s – a supermarket of artists supplies. I was going to wait to see if I could find an easel at the market on Sunday but I got impatient, I needed to paint.
So I have three paintings on the go at the moment – being here is very inspiring.
Apart from the occasional sulks about missing friends, I am having a good time getting some work done and getting some perspective in life. I really enjoy what I do and I really enjoy being out of uni!