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RIP JJ Brine: Death of artist aka 'Crown Prince of Hell' announced via social media

Amber Peake June 17, 2021
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Friends on social media have announced underground artist JJ Brine’s death, with fans sharing their tributes on Twitter. As news breaks about the death of the self-styled “Crown Prince of Hell”, let’s look back on his life, art and career.

Who is artist JJ Brine?

JJ Brine, whose real name is Jonathan Friel, was an underground artist known for his artwork featured in his VECTOR Gallery.

During his prolific art career, Friel was also known for his many celebrity pals. He was often spotted partying alongside them in the Los Angeles club scene.

Perhaps his most famous friendship was with actress Amanda Bynes, with the pair having been photographed many times over the years while out together.

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Friends announce artist JJ Brine’s death on social media

Singer Samantha Scarlette was one of the first to pay tribute to the artist on Twitter. Sharing a series of snaps with JJ Brine over the years, she wrote: “I love you always – @jjbrine November 8th 1983 – June 13th 2021.”

Many tributes have followed as people look back on the life of the self-proclaimed “Crown Prince of Hell”.

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The artist’s unique art style explored

JJ Brine was known for his surreal art style and over the years described his gallery as “art gallery of Satan”.

Talking to the Huff Post about his art in 2014, he explained: “VECTOR is the official art gallery of Satan. It’s also the official gallery of the night. We work the other 9 to 5.”

He also spoke about his art in 2017 as he sat down with V magazine to talk about his upcoming VECTOR V. In comparison to his previous exhibitions, JJ Brine dubbed the fifth instalment the “official art gallery of Jesus Christ”.

The artist told the publication: “This is all one piece in a sense. There is, in the back, an emerging post-human confessional where we’ll be confessing things to ourselves that we need to be forgiven for by ourselves, because Jesus is in all of us and is coming back very soon.”

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.