Thierry
Noir

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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Biography

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.

Thierry Noir's Early Inspirations and Move to Berlin

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.

Abstract caricature faces in bold black lines arranged in a Tetris-like puzzle against a vibrant cerulean blue backdrop. The faces feature exaggerated lips in red, blue and white hair, and some with protruding teeth.

Image © Sotheby's / Brompton Road at 6pm © Thierry Noir 1958

1. £107,950 for Thierry Noir's Brompton Road at 6pm

Brompton Road at 6pm (2014) is a large-scale oil painting on canvas featuring caricatured side-profile faces rendered in bold black sinuous lines against a vibrant blue backdrop, lending itself to multiple interpretations of its title. Noir, known for his iconic face motifs on the Berlin Wall, initially placed these symbols in a political and historical context, juxtaposed with lively and playful colours. This artwork garnered significant acclaim, achieving £107,950 (including fees) at Sotheby's online Contemporary Curated sale in April 2023, setting a new auction record for Noir and solidifying his position in the contemporary art world.

An abstract canvas with shades of grey, vibrant red, and green. A bold black-lined caricature in a side profile is drawn over the colors. The green forms the eye, red creates exaggerated lips, and a lighter grey hue resembles a hat. The artwork is signed "NOIR" in the bottom left corner.

Image © Sotheby's / My perceptive vision crosses the darkness and stares at the ferryboats that take to the sea © Thierry Noir 2020

2. £101,600 for Thierry Noir's My perceptive vision crosses the darkness and stares at the ferryboats that take to the sea


My Perceptive Vision Crosses the Darkness and Stares at the Ferryboats That Take to the Sea
(2020) is a large-scale canvas that also showcases Noir's ability to craft captivating pieces using a minimal colour palette. The composition primarily features striking red lips, shades of grey, and an electrifying chartreuse eye. This artwork embodies Noir's playful artistic language, hinted at by the title and symbolic references, suggesting a sailor-like figure with a connection to the sea's depth and mystery. Beyond its contemporary aesthetics, the artwork carries narrative and symbolism that enrich its minimalist portrayal. Presented in Sotheby's Contemporary Curated online sale in April 2023, the artwork achieved £101,600 (including fees).

 An abstracted palette of greys, red, blue, and orange showcases a bold caricature face drawn in black lines. The side portrait view reveals exaggerated lips in red, an eye in blue, and an orange element that can be interpreted as hair or a crown.

Image © Christie's / A Certain Degree of Mystery Surrounds the Way I Do My Hair © Thierry Noir 2020

3. £100,800 for Thierry Noir's A Certain Degree of Mystery Surrounds the Way I Do My Hair

A Certain Degree of Mystery Surrounds the Way I Do My Hair (2020) highlights Noir's adept utilisation of a limited colour palette, primarily greys and blues, punctuated by lively accents of red lips and golden orange hair. The artwork's playful representation of hair resembling a crown resonates with its title. This piece stands as one of Noir's top-selling works, attaining an impressive £100,800 (including fees) in Christie's online Post-War & Contemporary art sale.

Perfect Light Over The Dancefloor by Thierry Noir - Christie's 2023

Image © Christie's / Perfect Light Over The Dancefloor © Thierry Noir 2023