100 Creatives: Blue 130, Pin-Up Explosion Art
What She Does: Blue 130 is a lot like another local artist, Julie Zarate. Her paintings and mixed media pieces focus on garishly colored female forms that dance between representational art and good pop explosions. She's been drawing since she first learned how to pick up a pencil, and used art as an outlet when she moved to Houston from the East Coast with her family. The road to art has meandered a lot for Blue. She started as a musician, then studied to be a tattoo artist while moving around. Luckily, she returned to Houston three years ago and finally laid down solid roots in the art scene.
For want of a better term her work is pin-up, designed to catch the eye with flowing physical forms and commercial hues that are meant to entice. Her figures tend to beckon the viewer closer, and she often hangs them in front of minute patterns that are so subtle that you don't even realize that you're being hypnotized by the backgrounds. This is even more effective in her mixed media work because it gives an unsettling but barely noticed level of layers that feel like mild vertigo. It's very well crafted stuff that tastes like candy and kicks like whiskey.
Her mix of hot girls, tattoos and loud colors can usually be seen at the East End Studio Gallery among others, and she's shown at House of Blues, Artopia, Summer Street , Hardy & Nance, and most recently Pushing the Limits.
Why She Likes It: "What I love the most about what I do is the feeling that when nothing else makes sense, my art does. I can be having the worst day, but I can retreat into my work and forget everything. I also love that it seems to make people happy."
What Inspires Her: "I am heavily influenced by the advice and inspiration given to me by Lizbeth Ortiz over the past year, and many local artists such as David Pilgrim, Julie Zarate, and Browncoat. I am influenced from my illustrative/graffiti background and my love affair with comics, pin up art, horror movies, story books, music (mainly metal), tattoos, make-up, and high heels!"
If Not This, Then What: Before she really started to focus on her art, Blue was a solo rapper. However, she was much more into metal, yet never had any success putting together a band in the genre. Nonetheless, if painting were off the table music would be the first thing she would head towards.
If Not Here, Then Where: "I have lived many places. I love the city, but at this point in my life I'd probably move to an island somewhere or the mountains, someplace more laid back and visually beautiful. I am sure I'd just end up back here. I always do!"
What's Next: "I am focusing right now on the next show I am curating at East End Studio Gallery, Blue 130's Bombshell & Brawlers: Round 2 on September 6th! It's going to be a HUGE undertaking that will include performances, fashion, and of course some of the finest Pinup/Tattoo inspired art and artists in Houston! I want to continue to curate events at East End, show my work nationally, and eventually venture into more merchandising. I am ready for anything Houston!"
More Creatives for 2013
(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).
Nina Godiwalla, author and TED speaker
David Wilhem, light painter
Tom Abrahams, author and newscaster
Browncoat, pin-up pop artist
Kris Becker, Nu-Classical composer and pianist
Vincent Fink, science fashion
Stephanie Saint Sanchez, Senorita Cinema founder
Ned Gayle, thrift store painting defacer
Sameera Faridi, fashion designer
Greg Ruhe, The Human Puppet
Sophia L. Torres, founder and co-artistic director of Psophonia Dance Company
Maggie Lasher, dance professor and artistic director
Jordan Jaffe, founder of Black Lab Theatre
Outspoken Bean, performance poet
Barry Moore, architect
Josh Montoute, mobile gaming specialist
Ty Doran, young actor
Gwen Zepeda, Houston's first Poet Laureate
Joseph Walsh, principal dancer at Houston Ballet
Justin Garcia, artist
Buck Ross, dilettante and director of Moores Opera Center
Patrick Renner, sculptor of the abstract and the esoteric
Tomas Glass, abstract artist and True Blood musician
Ashley Stoker, painter, photographer and Tumblr muse
Amy Llanes, artistic airector of Rednerrus Feil Dance Company
Bevin Bering Dubrowski, executive director at the Houston Center for Photography
Lydia Hance, founder and director of Frame Dance Productions
Piyali Sen Dasgupta, mixed media artist and nature lover
Dean James, New York Times bestselling mystery novelist
Nicola Parente, abstract painter and photographer
Cheryl Schulke, handmade leather pursemaker
Anthony Rathbun, Alternative Lifestyle Photographer
David Salinas, computer-less analog photographer
Danielle Burns, art curator
Alicia DiRago, Whimseybox founder
Katia Zavistovski, contemporary art curator
Ashley Horn, choreographer, filmmaker
Amanda Stevens, scary book author
Peter Lucas, film and video curator, music lover and self-described culture-slinger
Ana María Otamendi, collaborative pianist and vocal coach
Billy D. Washington, comedian
Michele Brangwen, choreographer and dancer
Kristin Warren, actress and choreographer
Kelly Sears, animator and film maker
Colton Berry, Bayou City Theatrics' artistic director
jhon r. stronks,dance-maker
Joe Grisaffi, actor, director, writer, cinematographer
Jordan "Monster Mac" McMahon, artist, designer