Ian Berry. Splendid Isolation
by Ian Berry
Ian Berry has emerged as an exciting young British artist over the last decade. He has been making virtuous figurative paintings and installations of denim for over 15 years. He uses discarded jeans, cuts them up into pieces and sorts according to hue like a painter places his color nuances to his palette. At first glance the work seems two-dimensional, but when you zoom in, you can see how different layers of denim are placed on top and over each other. The ‘paintings’ are in fact denim collages so perfectly put together. They are almost impossible to distinguish from a realistic painting. Ian Berry also makes three-dimensional denim installations, which have been on display on multiple continents and at museums.
Ian Berry and Museum Rijswijk teamed up with Dutch specialist Art Publisher Jap Sam Books to produce Ian Berry | Splendid Isolation to coincide with the Solo Museum show of the same name in The Netherlands. With forwards by Diana Wind, the museums curator and Director Arnould van Aalst. Not only does it feature the work in the show, it looks over many of the pieces spanning Ian Berry’s 15 years working with denim.
Illustrated with numerous images that aim to convey the depth and texture of Berry’s work, which explores our urban environment and examines community issues, or the lack thereof. With this everyday material he portrays contemporary life, and for him there is no better medium to depict it than the material of our time, denim jeans.
Cone Denim is proud to support Ian Berry, his work and this incredible book!
- 160 page paperback book
- Over 150 images in full colour (well, full of blue)
- Foreward by Museum Rijswijk curator Diana Wind and Director Arnoud van Aalst
- Signed by the artist Ian Berry
- Captures a collection of his 15 years of artwork using only denim
- Many images show detail shots of his work that have to be seen to be believed