Juke Blue is a multigenre artist creating pop/art in Berlin. He combines his old-school look and sound into a new art-form dubbed retrophonica. It is a tongue-in-cheek approach that blends feelgood pop, 80s synth and prog rock into a distinctive aesthetic you can either stream via the usual platforms or buy as physical prints.
“My prints are crafted with a unique new-retro look that I create either by editing and colouring vintage footage, or by digitally decaying and colouring my music videos into a pop/art aesthetic. Jagged lines, hot pinks, metal blues, fiery reads, sunset yellows and crushed blacks define my first two collections, From Berlin with Love (2019), a film-noir inspired collection based on the colours of the German flag, and American Dream (2021), a faintly ominous US automobilia-inspired set of prints for wanderers of desert highways.
In the collection “From Berlin with Love”, I sought to establish an iconic, timeless aesthetic that would suit diner walls, piano bars and hotel lobbies fashioned to create a mood of seduction, espionage or intrigue. There is a world of desire, not altogether wholesome, lingering behind certain individual images, while other pictures reveal the tongue-in-cheek nature of Juke Blue as a creation of the artist himself. American Dream, in its muted hot pinks and blues, is aimed to trigger a sense of nostalgia tainted with a feeling that something is not quite right, like one might have when seeing the car ‘Christine’. Both collections were prepared in my Berlin studio.”