Artwork by Nelson De La Nuez; Paris Hilton is a fan
Created by c0rkie 7/09/07
Nelson De La Nuez has a love of art, comedy, philosophy and pop culture. By combining all of them, his art is created. He has utilized and experimented with everything available to bring his pieces to life. He uses acrylic and watercolor paints, along with a wide variety of special inks and pencils to show different textures and colors. "I love the look of combining black and white photos with color images and vividly hand painting them to achieve a true mixed media look," says the artist.
He was instantly fascinated with television as a young boy.
The tv characters and cartoons seemed to speak to him.
The first tv show he watched was "Superman" and
it had a huge affect on him. The colors, the action,
the way it all seemed so real made him want to see more. Like most kids, he also loved the fun Saturday morning cartoons.
He sat in awe, watching Underdog,
Felix the Cat, Yogi Bear, Touche' Turtle and
Gumby and Pokey.
He noticed how much power television and advertising had over people---everything from toys and products to commercials and films, these characters were showing up everywhere he looked. The same characters who starred in the cartoons were also trying to sell him cereal and toys.
The artist recalls growing up in the 60's in Southern California
as a "magical time," which influenced him
greatly in so many ways. The music was some of the
most memorable in history, from the Beatles to the Beach Boys.
He grew up with the toys, music, art, and television shows
that are now referred to as pop culture.
The memories he has from child and young
adulthood have become a driving force in his artwork.
People gravitate towards the pop culture artwork the
same way he was drawn to Superman on tv.
Whether it's the humor oriented art pieces or the bright pop art,
he wants to visually capture the history behind the art,
therefore telling the viewer a story.
He often has bazaar images whizzing around in his head.
If he blurts the ideas out, people may look at him strangely,
but once he brings them to life on canvas,
they suddenly all make sense.
The odd, colorful world in his mind
becomes an amazing work of art.