Deedee Cheriel /   Nalini Deedee Cheriel

United States 1978

Deedee Cheriel
Nalini Deedee Cheriel
United States
March 18, 2014
Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls.

Nalini ‘Deedee’ Cheriel is a visual artist who started out creating record covers and T-shirts for the Oregon music scene in the early ‘90s.  Born in the hippie town of Eugene, Oregon, she began her own band and record label at the age of 19.

Influenced by the popular DIY culture of that time, Deedee played in several all-girl bands (Juned, Adickdid, The Teenangels, The Hindi Guns) and co-created the semi-autobiographical film Down and Out with the Dolls. This artist has lived and studied abroad: Honduras, Chile, England, Portugal, Spain and her native India.

Now residing in Los Angeles, Cheriel’s work explores narratives that recognize the urgency and conflict in our continuing attempts to connect to the world.

With influences derived from such opposites as East Indian temple imagery, punk rock, and her Pacific Northwest natural environment, her images are indications of how we try to connect ourselves to others and how these satirical and heroic efforts are episodes of compassion and discomfort.

Her creations have an intense antediluvian feel, with overtones of ancient Egypt, Folk art and cultural heritage and yet are contemporary in context. Symbolic animals, animalistic humans,colour and pattern are used to portray a myriad of emotions and social interactions between people.

The work is boldly colourful and brimming with allegorical notes of yearning passion, angry resistance, loving empathy and uncomfortable discomposure. It’s a visualisation of universal feelings and conflicting affiliations with the modern world that ‘inevitably confirm our greater humanity and quest towards love.

Bold elements drawn from landscapes -both urban and natural- and pop culture suggest the ability to find commonalities and relationships between ourselves and our surroundings that inevitably confirm our greater humanity and quest towards love.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013Episodes in the Abundant OasisMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
2013Episodes in the Abundant OasisMcCaig Welles Gallery, New YorkSolo
2013Monniker Art FairLondonGroup
2013Little Spirit and Infinite LongingPure Evil Gallery, LondonSolo
2012AIko, Tara McPherson & Deedee CherielMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2012Just Passing ThroughAndenken Gallery, Amsterdam, NetherlandsSolo
2012Painting CollectionsBusy Being Art Gallery, Austin, TXGroup
2012Abrstract FictionUnion Art gallery, University Of MilwaukeeGroup
2012Street Art ShowLA ARTS, Los Angeles, CaliforniaGroup
2011Modern FabulistView Gallery, Bristol, UKGroup
2011FemkeHiemstra, Audrey Kawasaki & Deedee CherielMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2010AbracadabraMerry Karnowsky Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
2010Art Basel Art FairMcCaig Welles Gallery, MiamiGroup
2010SUBject/ SubJECTSubliminal Projects, Los AngelesGroup
2010Amsterdam Art FairMauger Modern, LondonGroup
2009True SelfJonathan Levine Gallery, New YorkGroup
2009Beyond EdenSubliminal Projects, Los AngelesGroup
2009Lovable Like Orphaned Kitties and Bastard ChildrenGreen Gallery, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2009Together We AreBarracuda, Los AngelesGroup
2009Sunset JunctionLA ART, Los AngelesGroup
2009Print HeavyNOMAD Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2009Lovable Like Orphan Kitties and Bastard ChildrenLACE Gallery Los AngelesGroup
2009Harmonious GloryMei Xue Gallery Los AngelesGroup
2008Deedee Cheriel  Recent WorksStitch Gallery, TokyoSolo
2008TBDWhite Walls Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2008Look!Jail Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2007Into the Stars and Always UpMcCaig Welles Gallery BrooklynSolo
2007Bridge Art FairArt Basel, MiamiGroup
2007Tall Totem PoleGallery 1269, Los AngelesGroup
2007Fountain Art FairMcCaig Welles Gallery, New YorkGroup
2007The Girls RoomJen Bekman Gallery, New YorkGroup
20062 ArtistsFLUXCO Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
2006Pop, Bang, SlideAutopsy Gallery, MelbourneGroup
2006The Group ShowDavid Allen Gallery, New YorkGroup
2006Sunset and St. MarksCapla-Kesting Fine Art Los AngelesGroup
2006Free wordsFree Biennial, New YorkGroup
2004ArtPolitixArtSpace, Los AngelesSolo
2004Ms. UnderstoodPlanet 24 Gallery, PortlandSolo
2004Street notesBlue Box, LondonGroup
2004Hollywood BowlTrack 16 Gallerym, Los AngelesGroup