Artist Ian Berry uses scraps of denim jeans as paint to create incredible portraits of celebs

Debbie Harry, © Ian Berry

At first glance, you might think Ian Berry’s artworks are blue-toned photographs or indigo-coloured oil paintings. Particularly if you're only seeing them online. But even up close, you might not realise that you're looking at many layers, and shades, of denim jeans.

When you realise the depth and texture, and how each small piece of denim has been considered and crafted out of jeans with washes and fades to help create that painterly tone, you see why Ian's talent is so special.

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? It's hard to believe that this all started with one simple observation: noticing a pile of old jeans and seeing the contrasting shades of blue. Some scissors and glue later, he soon became one of the most talked about young artists.

His success has caught many eyes and while the works are painstaking to make he has been able to take on a few commissioned portraits: Debbie Harry, Jennifer Saunders, Giorgio Armani and Lapo Elkann and Brazilian model Giselle. To name a few. His most famous, however, was one made of another Brazilian, Ayrton Senna, using his family's jeans and in support of the institute in his name. Follow his latest updates at www.ianberry.art.

Debbie Harry, © Ian Berry

Debbie Harry, © Ian Berry

Debbie Harry, © Ian Berry

Debbie Harry, © Ian Berry

Giorgio Armani © Ian Berry

Giorgio Armani © Ian Berry

Giorgio Armani © Ian Berry

Giorgio Armani © Ian Berry

Giorgio Armani © Ian Berry

Giorgio Armani © Ian Berry

Giorgio Armani © Ian Berry

Giorgio Armani © Ian Berry

Giorgio Armani © Ian Berry

Giorgio Armani © Ian Berry

Ayrton Senna © Ian Berry

Ayrton Senna © Ian Berry

Ayrton Senna © Ian Berry

Ayrton Senna © Ian Berry

Self-portrait, © Ian Berry

Self-portrait, © Ian Berry