BerriBlue

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BerriBlue
Portrait of Street Artist Berriblue
Portrait of Street Artist Berriblue
Born1992 (age 27–28)
Poland
NationalityPolish / Irish
Other namesJTB
OccupationStreet Artist, Painter, Designer
Years active8
Known forStreet Art, Fashion Design

BerriBlue (born 1992) is a female street artist, painter and fashion designer based in Porto, Portugal.

Biography[edit]

BerriBlue grew up in Gdańsk, in northern Poland, and moved to Ireland in 2005 at the age of 13.[1] She attended the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, specialising in fine print.[2] BerriBlue moved to Portugal in 2016,[1] where she started producing street art under the new pseudonym "BerriBlue" and launched a line of illustrated silk scarves.[2]

Work[edit]

BerriBlue originally produced street art under the name "JTB".[2][3] In 2012, her work appeared in "Inside Out", an anthology of Irish street art.[4]

BerriBlue's street art work is well known in Porto, dealing with themes such as personal identity, sexuality, mental health, and death.[1] Most of her pieces are pasteups, which are very a common sight in Porto city centre[5] and have also appeared in other European cities. Her "Death" project became very popular in 2016, featuring large black skeleton figures painted, on walls around the city centre.[6]

Painting Through Psychosis
Two men and three women eating potatoes
ArtistBerriBlue
Year2019 (2019)
MediumPaint and Pastel on Plywood
Dimensions125 cm × 92 cm (49 in × 36 in)
ConditionIn Private Collection

Her studio work deals with the same themes as her street art work. She often works on plywood, brown packing paper and newsprint.[1]

She was recognised by Jornal de Notícias as one of Porto's foremost contemporary female illustrators,[7] and she has exhibited with some of Porto's most popular street artists.[8]

In November 2018, her painting "Two Thousand Five", since sold,[9] was featured in Attitude Magazine's "Talk to Me in Flowers" section.[10]

Exhibitions[edit]

  • "Tension", 2018, The Vintage Dept., Porto[11][12]
  • "Between Heart and Heaven", 2018, (group show with Hazul and Godmess) DaVinci, Porto[8][12][13]
  • "The Studio", 2014 Filmbase, Dublin[12]
  • "An Exhibition of Prints & Drawings", 2014 The White Lady Gallery, Dublin[12]
  • "JTB", 2012 The Yellow Box, Dublin[12]

Scarves[edit]

In 2016, BerriBlue launched a line of illustrated silk scarves with designs based on her work.[2] Rather than merchandise, she considers them to be an extension of her artwork.[7]

She decided to create this line because her mother, who grew up in India, always had silk scarves and she considers them "magical" sentimental objects.[7][14][14] In 2019, online retailer Wolf & Badger began stocking BerriBlue scarves.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Monteiro, Maria (2017-11-02). "Já todos tropeçámos nas obras de Berri Blue — basta andar na rua". Publico (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  2. ^ a b c d "About". berriblue. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  3. ^ Rękawek, Julita (25 August 2017). "Królestwo street art'u, czyli alternatywny spacer po Porto". Archeo Pasja (in Polish). Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  4. ^ Meegan, Rua. (2012). Inside out. Ireland. ISBN 9780956698018. OCLC 845243743.
  5. ^ Domine, John (26 August 2017). "On the Road: Porto, Portugal". Sold Magazine. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  6. ^ "Death by #Berriblue". Streetsy. 5 November 2016. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  7. ^ a b c Ferreira, Catarina (2018-07-03). "A feminina trindade da ilustracao portuense". Jornal de Noticias (in Portuguese). p. 34.
  8. ^ a b "Exposicao colectiva street art between heart and heaven no porto". LookMag (in Portuguese). 14 January 2018. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  9. ^ "Work | Home | Berriblue | Fine Art". berriblue. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  10. ^ "Talk To Me In Flowers". Attitude Interior Design Magazine. Porto, Portugal. 2018-11-01. p. 184. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  11. ^ Monteiro, Renata (2018-05-30). "Além paredes, Berri Blue vai ter primeira exposição a solo no Porto". Publico (in Portuguese). Portugal. Retrieved 19 Jul 2019.
  12. ^ a b c d e "Exhibitions | Home | Berriblue | Fine Art". berriblue. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  13. ^ "Exposição coletiva de Street Art "Between Heart and Heaven" na DaVinci Art Gallery". Cardapio (in Portuguese). 2018-01-12.
  14. ^ a b "People: Berriblue". Attitude Interior Design Magazine. Porto, Portugal. 2019-01-01. pp. 44–46. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  15. ^ "Berriblue | Designer Collection". www.wolfandbadger.com. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  16. ^ fionndn. "3 Female Artists Who Are Rocking It Right Now". BuzzFeed Community. Retrieved 2019-08-01.

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