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Gina Higgins

Gina Higgins

Gina’s “American Noir” style
is a celebration of LA nightlife, complete with glamour, neon, smoke, and her trademark shadow figures. Notorious femme fatales and dangerously enigmatic men are juxtaposed against urban backdrops, reminiscent of Hitchcock with a contemporary twist. Like the photographers and filmmakers who have inspired her, with each canvas she attempts to capture what can be seen and felt in the blink of an eye. Unconcerned with the past or the future, the figures in these paintings exist in the moment, caught off guard like a flash from a camera, and alluring because of that vulnerability. Sharing common themes of melancholy and suspense, the paintings evoke a story, as she employs just enough mystery to leave the endings up to the viewer. As an artist, Gina routinely draws upon several art forms to create her paintings - inspiration from film and photography, literature, as well as music and dance. American Noir is her personal representation of some of these elements that have touched her as an artist. Simply put, the works, convey her belief that every moment exists for and of itself – an artistic offering to the impermanent and fleeting nature of beauty.

Her work is a disarming mixture of seductive beauty and intrigue, an homage to film noir, updated and made current. The genre she has termed “American-Noir,”and the paintings have caught the interest of collectors from around the world.

Gina Higgins is a graduate of the University of Southern California Roski School of Fine Art. A native of New Orleans, she grew up off Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles. The daughter of a concert pianist and commercial photographer, her childhood was an eclectic blend of all night recording sessions and unlimited access to artistic inspiration. Being raised in an area where most of her friends were highly social, she could more often be found pouring through her father’s Aperture magazines or reading Rimbaud. Adept at drawing since a child, her rendering skills were well suited for a career in commercial art. At 17, she gratefully accepted the opportunity to travel abroad to study classical drawing and painting in Europe, and credits the experience as having left an indelible mark on her style, as her illustrations were soon sought after by such clients as Liz Claiborne, Etienne Aigner, Alexander McQueen, MGM & CBS Studios, PolyGram Records, and Sunset Tower Hotel, among others. In recent years, Gina has emerged as an accomplished figurative painter.

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