A World in Denim


Born Huddersfield, UK 1984

At first glance, many believe that Ian Berry’s work are 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.  

But of course it is testament to his work that it is not all about it being made in old jeans that makes it special. It is simply his medium for seeing the world, his paint, and what a material to use in this modern world; with all its symbols and dualities, as well as being such a common item of clothing that unites many around the globe.

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. 

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. This is no gimmick.

It is hard to believe that this all started by one simple observation. Noticing a pile of old jeans and noticing the contrasting shades of blue. Some scissors and glue later he soon became one of the most talked about young artists. While he acknowledges that it started out as an experiment, while working with denim he started to realise his own connection with jeans – and especially other people’s.  A material that we feel so comfortable with. He had found his way to communicate and then soon became written about as a leading top 30 artist under 30 in the world. 

His success has caught many eyes and while the works are painstaking to make he had been able to take a few commissioned portraits; Debbie Harry, Jennifer Saunders, Giorgio Armani and Lapo Elkann and Brazilian model Giselle. To name a few. His most well known though, was one made of another Brazilian, Ayrton Senna, using his family's jeans and in support of the institute in his name.


His work has been seen in many countries, giving a chance for people to see the work in person. With a number of sell-out solo shows, he has also shown across Europe and the States, including the home of the modern jean, San Francisco. It has been written about in major media in all corners of the globe.

In 2018 he has shown across the states and in France and currently shows Soho Records with the Smallest Gallery in Soho in London. In San Francisco he will soon unveil a permanent installation. 2019 will see him show his London solo show with the Catto Gallery in Hampstead. His previous London Solo show in November 2016 saw two exhibitions 'Behind Closed Doors' and 'My Beautiful Launderette' with the Catto Gallery gain both commercial and critical success.

Watch out for details on future shows on www.ianberry.art

Ian's new book Ian Berry | Denim on Denim can be bought on his website now.


///// UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

Watch out for news of Ian popping up in San Fransisco and news on his 2019 Spring Solo Show in London with the Catto Gallery.

London Art Fair    Catto Gallery   16-20 January 2019 [Preview Evening 15 January]   Business Design Centre  52 Upper Street  London N1 0QH

London Art Fair

Catto Gallery

16-20 January 2019 [Preview Evening 15 January]

Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
London N1 0QH


/////CURRENT EXHIBITION

Soho Records

Smallest Gallery in Soho

62 Dean Street | Soho | London | W1D 4QF

on until Jan 20 2019

Soho Records smallest Gallery in Soho

///// PAST EXHIBITIONS

Scope Miami Beach 2018

Scope Art Fair Miami Beach

Art Basel

December 2018

Labastide-Rouairoux, Tarn, France

Artist in Residence summer 2018

Paducah, Kentucky, USA

Ian was a special guest of the Paducah Art Alliance in the UNESCO Heritage City of Paducah in Kentucky to do an Artist in Residence.

April, 2018

Miami Basel 2017

Scope Miami

Jonathan Levine Projects

Art Basel Miami

Booth F01
December 7 - 10, 2017
VIP | Press Preview: Dec 5, 2017


JUXTAPOZ CLUBHOUSE MIAMI

Ian featured at the Juxtapoz Clubhouse with Justapoz magazine showing the Laundromat Installation.

Ian featured at the Juxtapoz Clubhouse with Justapoz magazine showing the Laundromat Installation.


New York Denim Days

Ian will show some of the Behind Closed Doors work at the inaugural New York Denim Days as an invited guest. You an find out more about the show  here    Sept 30 – Oct 1:  Denim Days Festival Metropolitan Pavilion| 125 West 18th Street

Ian will show some of the Behind Closed Doors work at the inaugural New York Denim Days as an invited guest. You an find out more about the show here

Sept 30 – Oct 1: Denim Days Festival
Metropolitan Pavilion| 125 West 18th Street


BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

Catto Gallery London

16 - 30 November 2016


LOVE THY DENIM

Winchester Discovery Centre

27 Aug – 23 Oct 201

Gosport Discovery Centre

29 Oct – 21 Dec 2016


Ian has exhibited all over the world, from Madeira to Miami, Sweden to San Fransisco, New Orleans to New York in Hamphire UK the Hamptons in the USA.

He has mainly shown in London, with each show selling out making it hard for his time consuming work to be seen too often. Keep an eye out on the website and social media to find out when you can see the work next.