Although based in the United Kingdom Ian Cale's work is based around exploring a subject much further a field - Berlin, with the aim of recording the vanishing signs of the city's history.


Through documenting the remnants of WW2 and the Cold War in such a rapidly changing city and surrounding area. Ian has searched out deserted places which have yet to be re-developed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. From abandoned apartment blocks and air raid shelters to factories and hospitals with interiors that look like everyone has just got up and left, Ian is extensively recording them through painting, photography, drawing and through collecting and documenting found objects.


Major influences in the semi abstract paintings are domestic interiors and things from everyday life like a photograph of a loved one still stuck to a wall of a bunker, a scrap of wallpaper or discarded furniture. Neglected buildings with
their damaged and aged facades are also looked at with their decaying surfaces, flaky paintwork, cracking 1960's concrete, exposed brickwork, Russian graffiti and rotten floorboards. Influences from the city make it on to the canvas as both subconsciously and consciously motifs appear - it could be a small area of text in the painting or the shape of an air vent from an old building.


Ian grew up in an era saturated with images of both WW2 and the Cold War in which the depiction of conflict was often trivialised and turned into the stuff of children's toys or as with the cold war witnessing public announcements on TV explaining how to survive a nuclear attack, so it's not surprising that on his first visit to the city in 2001 he wanted to investigate more.

The city is changing fast and the large body of work in his studio only continues to grow and with every visit to Berlin there are huge changes with previously investigated spaces knocked down, redeveloped or boarded up.

Ian graduated from Norwich School of Art in 1991. And currently lives in Staffordshire where he manages the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Stafford College.