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“Tastes Like Candy, Kicks Like Whiskey” The art of Blue130


“Tastes Like Candy, Kicks Like Whiskey” The art of Blue130
Opening: May 16, 2014 6-10PM
Closing: May 30, 2014, 6-10PM

“…tastes like candy & kicks like whiskey…” was a phrase coined by Houston Press writer Jef WithoneF to describe the bright and whimsical style of illustrative mixed media artist Blue130.

“Imagine yourself frolicking into a candy coated realm dominated by powerful women enticing you to surrender to their charms. Welcome to the world of BLUE 130 who mixes vibrant colors, whimsical details, and bold characters with a dash of erotica as she summons viewers into her pulsating domain. Blue’s vision is most certainly addictive encapsulating a seamless balance of beauty, pop art, sex appeal and power. Summing up her unique style into one category is futile…” – excerpt written by Miss V Haven for “Tip-Out Magazine”

East End Studio Gallery proudly presents “Tastes like Candy, Kicks like Whiskey”, a solo exhibition featuring the recent work of multi-media artist Blue130.

Inspired by her illustrative and graffiti background, Blue’s whimsical works present a pop explosion of lush vibrant colors featuring various images of strong female characters.  Her tongue in cheek creations are fun, quirky and capture the perfect balance of femininity, playfulness and power.

Heavily referenced are her obsessions with comics, pin up art, horror movies, story books, metal music, tattoos, make-up, and high heels. Blue’s creations feature captivating textile backgrounds and charming details that come to life with ribbon, metals, paper cut-outs, aerosol paint and lively fabrics. Throughout her work are these layered elements that entice and beckon the viewer for a closer look.

Thick with an air of feminine power, Blues imagery aims to represent the female form as provocative and timelessly beautiful without being lewd or overtly sexual, as often depicted.  Her distinct style whisks you off to a fantasy land of color, bold characters, hypnotizing backgrounds with a hint of erotica and youthfulness.

Blue’s show will also feature local artists Blue Rooster & Browncoat, who’s lowbrow, pop art has been a constant inspiration to not only Blue 130, but to many up and coming artists throughout Texas.

Blue130 is a native of New Jersey and currently lives in Houston, TX.  She is a self-taught artist and has been drawing since she could pick up a pencil.  Recently settling in Houston, Blue has fully embraced her artistic talents and continues to be active in the Houston art scene.  She has participated in various shows throughout the city and is an assistant artistic director at East End Studio Gallery.

“Tastes like Candy, Kicks like Whiskey” is available for viewing on May 16th & May 30th from 6-9PM.  Both receptions are open and free to the public.  For more information you may visit, and/or contact East End Studio Gallery at

Opening: May 16, 2014 6-10PM
Closing: May 30, 2014, 6-10PM

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