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.
|2013||Episodes in the Abundant Oasis||Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles||Solo|
|2013||Episodes in the Abundant Oasis||McCaig Welles Gallery, New York||Solo|
|2013||Monniker Art Fair||London||Group|
|2013||Little Spirit and Infinite Longing||Pure Evil Gallery, London||Solo|
|2012||AIko, Tara McPherson & Deedee Cheriel||Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles||Group|
|2012||Just Passing Through||Andenken Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Solo|
|2012||Painting Collections||Busy Being Art Gallery, Austin, TX||Group|
|2012||Abrstract Fiction||Union Art gallery, University Of Milwaukee||Group|
|2012||Street Art Show||LA ARTS, Los Angeles, California||Group|
|2011||Modern Fabulist||View Gallery, Bristol, UK||Group|
|2011||FemkeHiemstra, Audrey Kawasaki & Deedee Cheriel||Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles||Group|
|2010||Abracadabra||Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles||Solo|
|2010||Art Basel Art Fair||McCaig Welles Gallery, Miami||Group|
|2010||SUBject/ SubJECT||Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles||Group|
|2010||Amsterdam Art Fair||Mauger Modern, London||Group|
|2009||True Self||Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York||Group|
|2009||Beyond Eden||Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles||Group|
|2009||Lovable Like Orphaned Kitties and Bastard Children||Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI||Group|
|2009||Together We Are||Barracuda, Los Angeles||Group|
|2009||Sunset Junction||LA ART, Los Angeles||Group|
|2009||Print Heavy||NOMAD Gallery, Los Angeles||Group|
|2009||Lovable Like Orphan Kitties and Bastard Children||LACE Gallery Los Angeles||Group|
|2009||Harmonious Glory||Mei Xue Gallery Los Angeles||Group|
|2008||Deedee Cheriel Recent Works||Stitch Gallery, Tokyo||Solo|
|2008||TBD||White Walls Gallery, San Francisco||Group|
|2008||Look!||Jail Gallery, Los Angeles||Group|
|2007||Into the Stars and Always Up||McCaig Welles Gallery Brooklyn||Solo|
|2007||Bridge Art Fair||Art Basel, Miami||Group|
|2007||Tall Totem Pole||Gallery 1269, Los Angeles||Group|
|2007||Fountain Art Fair||McCaig Welles Gallery, New York||Group|
|2007||The Girls Room||Jen Bekman Gallery, New York||Group|
|2006||2 Artists||FLUXCO Gallery, Los Angeles||Solo|
|2006||Pop, Bang, Slide||Autopsy Gallery, Melbourne||Group|
|2006||The Group Show||David Allen Gallery, New York||Group|
|2006||Sunset and St. Marks||Capla-Kesting Fine Art Los Angeles||Group|
|2006||Free words||Free Biennial, New York||Group|
|2004||ArtPolitix||ArtSpace, Los Angeles||Solo|
|2004||Ms. Understood||Planet 24 Gallery, Portland||Solo|
|2004||Street notes||Blue Box, London||Group|
|2004||Hollywood Bowl||Track 16 Gallerym, Los Angeles||Group|