Our friend and recent Los Angeles transplant Chris Turnham is enjoying his time in town–and it has become really, really apparent in his work. Not only are things a little sunnier (ahem, *the Persol video he and Kevin Dart did*, ahem) but his gaze has shifted from just being about the “feel” of Los Angeles to actually being Los Angeles: he has started creating illustrations of some cool Eastside spots.
Now, we may be jumping the gun as there are only two works of this, yes, but they are fantastic. Above you see an illustration of his apartment on Avocado Street. It’s a super simple, super cute rendition of a place so totally Los Angeles, from its weird trees and succulents to it Spanish/English architecture. It has a lot of personality while being incredibly honest and inviting–and also a sweet looking spot.
His most recent entry into this (short) series is a similarly simple and honest look at the Silver Lake Presbyterian Church, a place we didn’t even know existed because who goes to church these days?? Right??? Easter who??? Just kidding. Like his apartment rendition, the feel of this piece is the same but has a different personality entirety given the nature of the building and its architecture. The piece is almost decidedly not churchy, save for the two crosses and the title of the building marking its behind: it is honest and shows the beauty of the place through illustration.
It’s a great little project we hope he keeps up because we want to see his point of view applied to more spots around town, preferably these little obscure gems we all see day to day but don’t often celebrate because–well–we in LA have such weird, beautiful architecture everywhere. The project reminds us of Adrianne Goodrich’s home portraits but with more honesty and a little more polished touch. We can’t wait to see which places he draws up next…