Thierry Noir, a French artist based in Berlin, creates large, colourful murals and paintings featuring abstract, cartoonish figures with abstract, graffiti-like elements in his prints. If you’re looking for original Thierry Noir prints and editions for sale or would like to sell, request a complimentary valuation and browse our network’s most in-demand works.
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Thierry Noir, born in 1958 in Lyon, France, is a renowned street artist who rose to prominence in the 1980s for his iconic, brightly coloured murals on the Berlin Wall. Through his work, Noir aimed to reflect the changing political and social landscape of the time, and his paintings have since become powerful symbols of hope, freedom, and the power of art in the face of adversity. Today, Noir continues to create art that challenges boundaries and sparks conversation, solidifying his status as a pioneer in the world of street art.
Growing up in France, Noir was inspired by the vibrant colours and bold patterns of Henri Matisse, the raw emotion of Francis Bacon, and the powerful subversiveness of Pablo Picasso. In 1982, he decided to move to Berlin, attracted by the thriving underground art scene and the opportunity to engage in the city's burgeoning punk and new wave movements. Settling in a squat near the Berlin Wall, Noir found himself on the front lines of the Cold War, and it was here that he began to develop his distinctive artistic style.
Image © Sotheby's / Brompton Road at 6pm © Thierry Noir 1958
Brompton Road at 6pm (2014) is a large-scale oil painting on canvas featuring caricatured side-profile faces executed in bold black sinuous lines against a vibrant blue backdrop, inviting various interpretations of its title.
Thierry Noir first painted his signature face motifs on the Berlin Wall, firmly rooting them within a political and historical context, juxtaposed with dynamic and playful hues. This artwork gained significant acclaim, achieving £107,950 (fees included) at Sotheby's online Contemporary Curated sale in April 2023, establishing Noir's auction record and solidifying his position in the contemporary art world.
Image © Sotheby's / My perceptive vision crosses the darkness and stares at the ferryboats that take to the sea © Thierry Noir 2020
My Perceptive Vision Crosses the Darkness and Stares at the Ferryboats That Take to the Sea (2020) is a large-scale canvas exemplifying Thierry Noir's talent in creating captivating pieces using a minimal colour palette. The composition predominantly features striking red lips, shades of grey, and an electrifying chartreuse eye.
This artwork embodies Noir's playful artistic language, evident in the portrait's title and symbolic references. The title hints at the figure's resemblance to a sailor, mentioning “darkness’’ representing the sea's depth and mystery. In addition to its contemporary aesthetic, this work carries a narrative and symbolism that enrich the minimalist depiction. Presented in Sotheby's Contemporary Curated online sale in April 2023, the artwork achieved £101,600 (fees included).
Image © Christie's / A Certain Degree of Mystery Surrounds the Way I Do My Hair © Thierry Noir 2020
A Certain Degree of Mystery Surrounds the Way I Do My Hair (2020) showcases Thierry Noir's skilful use of limited colours, predominantly grey and blue, with vibrant accents of red lips and golden orange hair. Thierry Noir's playful approach to figuration aligns with the work's title, referencing the portrayal of hair that resembles a crown.
This artwork is among Noir's top-selling works, achieving an impressive £100,800 (fees included) in Christie's online Post-War & Contemporary art sale.
Image © Sotheby's / Flower To The People Of London © Thierry Noir 2014