Catto Gallery

Ian Berry X Kongsgaard Raw Gin by Ian Berry

A Limited Edition in denim of one to reflect the Record Store

A Limited Edition in denim of one to reflect the Record Store

Ian Berry does few collaborations but if he does, you can bet he knows the people well and believes in them. And that is true of his friends Soren and Bettina Kongsgaard who own Kongsgaard Raw Gin.

He joined forces with them to make some very limited special denim editions. Kongsgaard are famed for their use of apples and also their sustainability.

The Gin is hand crafted so Ian made an edition of ten hand made labels like their own – all the letters cut by scissors and hand. Another ten with Raw denim – the ‘Raw Limited Edition’ to link with the brands Raw Gin name and ethos.

A further five that were one off originals and made to reflect different pieces of work in Ian’s exhibition – like his Hotel California record store, the Secret Garden and one to reflect a pool amongst others. Tonello helped make some of the labels with their Laser Blaze technology.

Ian Berry with Soren and Bettina Kongsgaard and Newton Faulkner who performed on the opening.

Ian Berry with Soren and Bettina Kongsgaard and Newton Faulkner who performed on the opening.

‘Similar mindsets is the real beauty of this colaboration. It's been amazing to work with Ian, seeing our shared passion for original craftmanship and attention to detail unfold.’
Bettina Kongsgaard

The London based, Danish Gin makers Kongsgaard Raw Gin like Ian have a time consuming process to perfect their art own art.

At the centerpiece of the layers of flavour of Kongsgaard are Danish apples. Among the world’s best, they balance the selected apple sort with a seasonal cut, to reflect that first raw bite.

Kongsgaard Raw Gn was served on the special night in the Catto Gallery

Kongsgaard Raw Gn was served on the special night in the Catto Gallery

Founded in the dark woods surrounding the ancient town of Roskilde, a majestic building of oak once stood tall and strong. It was from this seat in the great hall of Kongsgaard, the legendary Vikings ruled and sagas of the kingdom of Denmark began.

Today, staying true to traditions of their ancestors, they craft their gin by hand, distilling in small batches. Kongsgaard also have an eye on the future and like Ian, thoughts of sustainability. They are aiming to be CO2 neutral and are now the only Gin brand to plant forest! With a partnership with Treedom Trees they have not only planted trees, but provided jobs to communities.

The collaboration was launched on Ian Berry’s special night for Jeans for Genes.

The collaboration was launched on Ian Berry’s special night for Jeans for Genes.

The new Gin bottles were launched at Ian Berry's Jeans for Genes night before the close of his exhibition and the guests were treated to Gin and Tonic by the taste masters. You can see more images here

There are a few bottles of the Limited Edition left and you can inquire at mail@ianberry.art

Ian Berry opens 'Hotel California' at the Catto Gallery by Ian Berry

Guests at the opening of Hotel California at the Catto Gallery. Credit Gökhan Göksoy

Guests at the opening of Hotel California at the Catto Gallery. Credit Gökhan Göksoy

Ian Berry opened his Hotel California exhibition with his work made of only denim jeans to great acclaim. By the end of the day, all the work was sold. Attendees all agreed that the work has to be seen in real life and so many were taken about by this new body of work, where Ian turned denim to water in the bright Californian sun.

London also basked in the sunny sunday day that reflected the new radiant work of Ian’s collages of blue jeans. The first show Ian has had with the Catto since his groundbreaking Behind Closed Doors body at the end of 2016 this much anticipated show almost sold out before the doors opened, and the rest soon were taken by eager collectors.

photo by Gökhan Göksoy

photo by Gökhan Göksoy

You can see more pictures of the opening here

Ian also showcases two of his installation, with the Record Store bridging the gap between the Hotel California album cover by the Eagles with the Hotel and pool themes and his much written about Secret Garden covered the Heath Street windows of the gallery making many a passer by stop in their tracks.

Photos of the art in context in the gallery

Secret Garden London

Secret Garden London

The show now continues until July 28 at

CATTO GALLERY

100 Heath Street London, NW3 1DP

Monday - Saturday 10 - 6pm

Sunday 12.30 - 6pm

Palm Springs made in the State fabric of California. by Ian Berry

Such a Lovely Place

Such a Lovely Place

As part of the Hotel California body of work Ian included two pieces based on a stunning Palm Springs property, while not a hotel, this property and many like it were originally built as holiday homes. Ian says it still captures the spirit of what he wanted to portray and of course has the architectural qualities contrasted by the pools next to them - and of course the light.

‘I’ve always loved the Mid Century Modern architecture of Palm Springs contrasting with the desert. Everyone talks about my work being made of denim, and of course, it is California’s state official fabric, but my work is more than denim and what interests me the most is how light hits things.’ Ian Said.

Anthony and Valarie Atanaso

Ian was lucky enough that his neighbour owned a beautiful property by Architect Jack Meiselman (Renovated 2013) called III Palms, the Atanasio–Martinez residence. Unlucky for Ian was that they may be neighbours, but only in London. Jack Meiselman, along with his brother Bernie, were the developers responsible for building a number of affordable mid-century modern homes in the Palm Springs area during the 1950s and 1960s and greatly responsible for the "Desert Modernism" movement and Anthony and Valarie’s house a perfect example.

Meiselman homes are famous for having features such as butterfly rooflines, post and beam ceilings, abundant walls of glass and clerestory windows, decorative concrete blocks and great indoor-outdoor flow to take advantage of the Palm Springs climate.

Anthony Atanasio and Valerie Martinez are not just neighbours but friends of Ian’s. For years Ian has been impressed with their credentials as top commercial film directors - lets not forget that Ian’s first professional years were in advertising. The multi-award winning husband and wife commercial directing team, ATANASIO + MARTINEZ have according to critics, consistently produced commercials that "pushes the technical boundaries of what advertising could/should be"

There She Stood in the Doorway

There She Stood in the Doorway

The creative duo have done ads for the likes of Ethihad, Audi, Nike, Budweiser, Diesel and Hotpoint and with talent such as Nicole Kidman and Liam Hemsworth who both highly commended the Anglo-French team as well as the industries award juries.

‘If I was still in advertising working as an Art Director I would be just dreaming of working with Anthony and Valerie. But I’m lucky that I live in a building with such creative people and glad to call these guys my neighbours’ Ian added.

credit http://www.atanasio-martinez.com/

credit http://www.atanasio-martinez.com/

Valerie Martinez at the opening of Hotel California at the Catto Gallery, London

Valerie Martinez at the opening of Hotel California at the Catto Gallery, London

details of the bushes by the Atanasio-Martinez property in Such a Lovely Place. Credit Debbie Bragg

details of the bushes by the Atanasio-Martinez property in Such a Lovely Place. Credit Debbie Bragg

Valerie sat in the chair looking back over her property in Palm Springs. Credit Debbie Bragg

Valerie sat in the chair looking back over her property in Palm Springs. Credit Debbie Bragg

Ian is grateful to Anthony and Valerie for letting him work with their beautiful home to immortalize in denim and they were the first to view in Ian’s studio.

‘All the other pieces in the collection I took the photos and set up the scenes, so I am really happy to have worked with Anthony and Valerie - as not only are they top Directors, Anthony is a great photographer.’

Anthony and Valarie Atanaso in the studio

You can see the show until the 28th July 2019 at

CATTO GALLERY

100 Heath Street London, NW3 1DP

Gallery opening times

Monday - Saturday 10 - 6pm
Sunday 12.30 - 6pm

Ian Berry at the London Art Fair 2019 by Ian Berry

Tom Roosevelt Hockney

Ian will show a new body of work at the London Art Fair with the Catto Gallery at booth G38 this January. Based on his last years trip to LA and the Roosevelt Hotel.

Tom Roosevelt detail Lod angeles

LONDON ART FAIR

16 – 20 JANUARY 2019

London Art Fair provides a space to showcase the most exceptional modern and contemporary art of our time, to discover and to buy. The Fair is an established destination for both museum quality modern and contemporary work, nurturing collecting at all levels, from prints and editions, to major works by internationally renowned artists. To enable engagement with art, we continue to provide access to talks, tours, screenings and curated spaces, which include Photo50, our annual exhibition of contemporary photography; Art Projects, which features large-scale installations, solo shows and group displays; and – within Art Projects – Dialogues, a guest-curated section of Art Projects intended to encourage and foster relationships between home and abroad.

London Art Fair is an unmissable opening to the international art calendar, with the next edition taking place from 16-20 January 2019 [Preview Evening 15 January].

London Art Fair Aims

We believe that great art provides a lens to see the world through. That’s why every year London Art Fair connects the best galleries from around the world with both seasoned and aspiring collectors, providing a unique opportunity to discover and champion the most outstanding modern and contemporary art of our time.

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Some shots from Behind Closed Doors by Ian Berry

It may now be closed and most of the work now displayed Behind Closed Doors, but here we look back at some of the shots from what proved to be an amazingly successful show with the Catto Gallery. For those that were not able to get there, it will be good to see the way the work was displayed in the gallery setting with many installations set up to display the work.

Here you can see more of the Exhibition

My Beautiful Laundrette by Ian Berry

The installation My Beautiful laundrette would not have been possible without many amazing contributions from many talented people.

The first to mention is Luke Aan De Wiel, an experienced model maker, set builder, prop maker and all round top human being.

His work has predominantly consisted of providing creative, beautifully crafted solutions to the advertising industry (both stills and TV), the film and music industries. He has also worked extensively in the exhibition and editorial worlds.

He collaborated here with Ian Berry to make the washing machines for the laundrette and also helped with the installation.

Then of course there are the jeans, Pepe Jeans London have supplied many for Ian to work with over the last few years, of which he particularly likes using the washes from denim Pepe sends. 

laundrette

On the dryers, you may see Ian has tried a new technique. While known for his handcrafted, painstaking work cutting up pieces of denim, here Ian experimented with the super creative talented Moreno De Angelis to try lasering the denim to get the reflections of the washing machines opposite. Moreno is at the Iskoteca lab in Italy and is a creative genius with laundry methods as a brilliant chemist. This is a technology Ian is wishing to pursue with seeing the full potential and possibilities

A massive thanks to all.