by jimmy turrell on Tuesday 18 December 2012

As I mentioned a couple of days ago I've just completed this weeks New Scientist cover. Basically the idea was to represent a feature about the ‘second brain’ in your intestine/gut without it being all gross with images of guts and brains etc

The feature briefly mentions butterflies in your stomach so I went for a simple approach - I took a few shots a friend of mine and then dropped butterflys over as a representation of communication between the head and the stomach.


by jimmy turrell on Wednesday 12 December 2012

I'll admit it straight off the bat - I've been a bit flakey on the old blog front over the last few months. I've just been ridiculously busy lately and I've basically taken my eye off the ball a bit when it comes to updating stuff here.

Anyway I'm gonna post up everything I've been up to within the next week including new work for Wallpaper Magazine, work for the V&A and the cover for this weeks New Scientist. I've also just done a big commission for Fiat which unfortunately I've got to wait until the launch to show. Should be it hitting billboards across Europe early next year.

In the meantime heres an illustration of the rapper K'Naan I've just completed for The New York Times
and a piece I've just worked on for Esterson Associates on cyber crime and hacking. Both pretty different stylistically but hopefully a similar spirit runs throughout.

Check back tomorrow for more work and a special Xmas giveaway. Updates every week now - New Years Resolution - promise!


by jimmy turrell on Thursday 1 November 2012

Myself and silkscreen artist Kate Gibb have been lucky enough to be invited to run a series of workshops down at the V&A in collaboration with the CreateVoice project. CreateVoice is basically the youth collective of the V&A.

The idea was to develop a workshop with young creatives that they could then present to visitors on the 2nd of November (tomorrow night!)

Myself and Kate have already worked one full day with the young people and here's selection of the work that we created. Basically we switched between silkscreen printing, hand collage and Riso printing. This work will be displayed in the V&A entrance lobby over the weekend.

If anybody wants to come down and get involved tomorrow night its from 6pm - 9pm in the Sackler Centre within the V&A. Hope to see you there - should be fun!.


by jimmy turrell on Friday 24 August 2012

Heres a few portraits I've just completed for Wallpaper magazine for their contributors page. I went for a stripped back approach here - I limited the colour palette and added simple geometric halftones over the tops of the watercolours. The people featured here are Jason Evans, Pedro Cabrita Reis, Henry Bourne and Charles Negre.


by jimmy turrell on Saturday 11 August 2012

Heres my cover for todays Guardian Guide feature on The Bourne Legacy. The guys over at the Guardian wanted something quite stark and moody for this piece so I went for a simple watercolour portrait of the movies star Jeremy Renner coming of darkness. Also here is the original sketch I based the illustration around.


by jimmy turrell on Friday 6 July 2012

Its that time again tomorrow and Sunday are both are both Great Western Studios Summer Open Days. Now in its 18th year, the renowned Open Studios weekend presents a thriving community of established and emerging artists and creatives from all disciplines including architecture, drawing, digital media, fashion, jewellery, music, painting, photography, sculpture and much more.
Primitive Heritage (A collective made up of myself, Two Times Elliot and Mash Creative) will be selling originals, screenprints, risoprints and mixed media collages. Heres an example of a few. I'll also be selling some of my one off drawings and paintings. Hopefully see you down there - 12pm - 6pm, both days, admission free. 

The pieces here are all available to buy here - Primitive Heritage 

Also check out IDN v19n2 for a profile of Primitive Heritage.


by jimmy turrell on Monday 25 June 2012

Heres the cover I've just produced for the K&S remix album "Mixed Feelings" Its basically a hybrid of the original album design and a few earlier designs I did for them - so I suppose its a remix in itself. The album features Sebastian, Romanthony, Farley and Heller, Max Sedgley, Lee Fields, Analog People In A Digital World, Sander Kleinenberg, Ursula Rucker, Smoove and Turrell and Solomun.


by jimmy turrell on Friday 22 June 2012

Advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty contacted me to work on a poster and ad campaign for the Guardian's sponsorship of Gustav Dudamel concerts at The South Bank Centre. 

Dudamel is a Venezuelan conductor and violinist. He is featured in the amazing 2011 documentary "Let The Children Play," a film which focuses on his work advocating music as a way to enrich children's lives. His incredible performances in which the audiences truly interact with the orchestra have to be seen to be believed. Check out his version of Leonard Bernstein's Mambo here.

Channel 4 & Its Nice That Poster

by jimmy turrell on Thursday 21 June 2012

Heres a few examples of a poster I did for Channel 4's Paralympics coverage along with the guys over at INTWorks (Its Nice That's creative division) They wanted it as colourful and poppy as possible and as I had to fit all these athelete's into one image it was quite a feat to pull off. The third one down is the one that made the cut.

Music updates - K+S, Romanthony, Farley and Heller and John Turrell

by jimmy turrell on Friday 8 June 2012

My brother John Turrell (of the band Smoove and Turrell) has just released his first solo single proper - Wrong Time. Its from his forthcoming album The Kingmaker - which I've just checked properly out and is really amazing (I'm not just saying that because he's my little bro - promise!) so watch this space for updates.

Heres the video for the single made by Black Dog Productions and also his new website -

Also I had the pleasure of working on the artwork for the new Kraak and Smaak single which features  three complete house music legends on the same track. Romanthony (of Daft Punks "One More Time") is on vocals and Farley and Heller are on remix duties. Its a spangly, acid tinged beauty built for DC10 or the Space terrace and has just made it to number 1 in the DMC Zzub chart. Check it out out here.

Fallon/Macmillan - A Family Affair Exhibition

by jimmy turrell on Wednesday 23 May 2012

Another exhibition I've been asked to contribute to is A Family Affair - a show organised by Fallon and Macmillan Cancer Support. Other artists include Brett Ryder, Paul Willoughby, Eduardo Recife, I Love Dust, James Dawe, Jody Barton and Stevie Gee.
The idea is to raise awareness for and more importantly money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Each piece which has been donated has been reproduced as a limited edition A2 print. There on sale for £75 each.

Basically the brief was to create imagery concerning bicycles or family. I've chosen to use an image of a friends mother and her sister when they were kids. I was chatting to her recently and she said how much their love of cycling really bonded them as sisters.
I thought this story fitted the brief perfectly so got this photo from her.

If you can't make the exhibition the prints will also be available for a limited period through:

Anybody who fancies the private view pop down to Fallon tomorrow night from 6.30 - 9.00. It should should be a laugh.