Denim artist Ian Berry has a new solo exhibition called ‘Behind Closed Doors’ at Catto Gallery in London. Exactly there are two exhibitions in one expo space. The other part is called ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’.
Ian Berry works solely in denim, cutting and gluing to create highly detailed, photorealist pictures that have to be seen to be believed. You will have to see his great work in real live to believe that it’s totally made of old denim rags. He’s using the different shades of the rags as a palette to create his master works. It’s really insane!
The expo ‘Behind Closed Doors’ is about isolation and inner turmoil. He despite calm outward appearances, and is portrayed through solitary figures in familiar beautiful settings. A reference perhaps to show you can have possessions, yet not always be content in this material world. With ‘My Beautiful Launderette’ he shows spaces that were once at the heart of the community but are now frequently closing down.
Both projects looks really amazing as always! I’m a big fan of his work for some years and I’m always impressed how he create those true master pieces. Go check it out when you’re in London. Big bravo Ian!
16 – 30 November 2016
14 Percy Street | London | W1T 1DR
Juan Manuel Gomez is a Colombian (from Medellin) painter with a total different style than others by the name De Ver Azul. Together with his wife, Laura Montoya, he created a new paint process using indigo as their main colour. They don’t use the common pencills but tools from a jeanmaker. This gives their art a very special and unique look. Juan worked for many years in the denim laundry process where he learned his blue skills. That’s also how he came up with the idea to do something different, something really outstanding.
As we know denim is usually offered to us in garments that provide comfort, durability and luxe. Juan and Laura are taking it to another level by using denim as a canvas for their paintings. The indigo in combination with their jeanmaker tools ends up in blue art on a very high level. For the denim they are using a lot of Italian Candiani fabrics in order to get the most beautiful paintings. For Spring Summer ’16 they also worked on a special project together with Denham Jeans.
Their work is a must have for every denimhead. Please follow this very creative couple. It was good to meet you Juan last week in Berlin. Keep up the good work!
British denim artist Ian Berry (a.k.a. Denimu) conjures remarkably detailed portraits and urban landscapes using nothing more than old jeans. Over many weeks he cuts, stitches and glues using only the varying blue indigo shades of the denim fabric to provide contrast and shadow. The effect is amazingly detailed images, with a depth and texture that is hard to reproduce in print and online. He made portraits from Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and recently he did racing driver Ayrton Senna da Silva. Ian used for this awesome portrait old jeans from the Senna family to create this masterpiece. If you aren’t familiar with this great talented denim artist Denimu, check a few famous portraits of this guy here below.
Wytse Sterk (GoSterk) is a true craftsman when it comes to design for the rock ‘n roll, lifestyle, tattoo and music scene. His authentic skills are one of a kind. He made a lot of great posters for the famous Dutch underground club Vera. All handmade on the old school way. Attached is a video were you can see it for yourself. Wytse was also involved into my latest collab tee, he was responsible for the design. It was a honour that he wanted to work with me. Check the work of this great artist here below. GoSterk!
Check the great video were you can see how Wytse Sterk do his authentic screen printing job! (Sorry only Dutch language)
Last week I met Ruedi Karrer from Swiss in Berlin. A really nice guy with a rare passion for denim. He starts collecting denim from 1973 and has a huge private collection with more than 12.000 items, 7.000 jeans and 5.000 denim jacks! His collection contains, besides the big three; Levi’s, Lee and Wrangler, many brands such as April77, Edwin, Evisu, Blue Blood, Nudie, Denim Demon, Pike Brothers, Iron Heart, Carhartt, Denime, ALD, Naked & Famous, Lois, Pepe, Denham, Big Star, Flathead, Lee Cooper, Replay, Diesel, Rifle, Samurai, Studio d’Artisan, Sugarcane, Warehouse and many more…
Especially the good worn-out ones he likes to collect. Never throw away your raw denim rags, but send Ruedi an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), so he can add it to his collection. Your beloved items can survive for ever at his safe place.
Ruedi is working to open a jeansmuseum in the little mountains of Swiss. He send me some pics yesterday to give me a sneak about his project. More coming soon! Keep in contact Ruedi! (BTW, the LONG JOHN anchor shirt is on your way.)
Ok, one more post before I go to Italy. It’s a super piece of art from my friend Victor Sonna. He made a 3 meters high object from bicycle saddles which has the vorm of Holland. He links the saddles to the famous way of travelling in Holland, but more important, it’s his vision of Love. The wheels have to be in the same direction to get forward. You can see it by yourself from the 15th of june till the 19th of august at Gemeentemuseum in Den Haag (Holland). Nice work Victor!