Ian Berry – Denim Portraits

At first glance, many believe that Ian Berry’s work is blue toned photographs or indigo coloured oil paintings. This is not only when viewed online or in print, when much of the depth and detail is lost, but even up close. Even at touching distance, many viewers don’t realise that they are looking at many layers, and shades, of denim jeans.

To see them up close, you become aware of the depth and texture and see how each small piece of denim has been considered and crafted out of jeans with washes, and fades, which help create that painterly tone.

This is no gimmick. To create a shiny metallic surface or a polished bar top out of denim, it is staggering to see. He creates melancholic urban scenes, often depicting a lonely or less glamorous side of city living. He says denim is now such an urban fabric, after having such rural origins. What better way to capture everyday urban life.


Continue reading →

Ben Venom – “Don’t Tread on Me” @ hpgrp GALLERY TOKYO

On October 30th, the San Francisco based punk rock quilter Ben Venom will unveil a new series of work in his debut exhibition “Don’t Tread on Me” in Japan at hpgrp GALLERY TOKYO. His new body of work features hand-crafted quilts from his signature rock t-shirts, as well as new pieces using recycled fabrics.

Continue reading →