Nouar is a Los Angeles based artist. Graduating from Art Center College of Design in 2004, she immediately began working in television animation for Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon studios as a background painter. She has also freelanced as an illustrator and as a graphic artist. Since 2006, Nouar has focused on personal art- works. Nouar’s love of vintage American mid-century design and advertising art continually serve as the inspira- tion for her paintings. Her work has been exhibited in galleries around the world including Los Angeles, New York, Rome and London. Her pieces have also been displayed at the internationally acclaimed Scope art fair, as well as featured in American Illustration, Sanrio’s 50th Anniversary gallery collection and accompanying Hello Kitty! Hello Art! as well as 2013’s Delirious, chronicling the Jonathan Levine Gallery of New York. With the 2011 “Internally Yours” exhibit at Corey Helford Gallery, her work began including sculptural elements crafted from various plastics and resins, adding further dimension to her colorful characters and creative narratives.
Nouar’s candy-colored creations are inspired by mid-century modern visions of prosperity and the wealth of inventions that culture encouraged. The same age that brought about the Eames chair, atomic light fixtures and electric stoves also begat rainbow jello desserts, kooky casseroles and mass production of elaborately packaged convenience food, helping to feed a wild consumer culture. As a result, the myriad of advertising art and car- toons hand-created during this era serve as huge inspiration for Nouar as an artist. Her new work stylistically captures the exuberance in which the desires of post-war American consumers were met with inventive presen- tation of new goods and items.
The opening reception for NOUAR will be hosted Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 7-10pm at CHG Circa. The re- ception is open to the public, and the exhibition is on view through August 23, 2014.