Thursday, March 3, 2016

“King of Pop Art” Nelson De La Nuez Birthday Bash at Bagatelle

By Karen Ostlund
Pop was the name of the game as Bagatelle Los Angeles threw the “King of Pop Art” Nelson De La Nuez a private VIP birthday bash, the day before the Oscars.
Nelson turned 57,but appears much younger. His art work belongs to the permanent collection on the walls of Bagatelle restaurant in West Hollywood.
(Center) Nelson De La Nuez among friends

                                 Bagatelle was transformed into a living work of art featuring De La Nuez’s many eye catching and iconic pop culture pieces, as guests met the artist and indulged in Bagatelle appetizers and the specialty cocktail “ Pop a Toast” by mixologist Rony Gonzalez. - 
The cocktail was made with Toast Vodka, Lime, Simple Syrup, Peychaud bitters, and garnished with cucumber wheels and a basil leaf.

 Also on hand were Moet & Chandon Champagne for the bubble wine lovers.
Famous Mickey, Nelson's pop art at Bagatelle
Toast Vodka and Moet Chandon as sponsors


Notable guests included singer Taylor DayneChannel 5’s Wendy BurchFox LA’s Haley Herst, Lisa Breckenridge & Maria Sansone , Fablife’s Rebecca MayerVanessa & Chris Spencer, author Donna Antebi, Big Brother’s  Jeff Schroeder & Jordan Lloyd-Big, Bravo star and jewelry designer Jannik Olander and Disney star Matt Timmons.

Nelson De La Nuez was born in Havana, Cuba and came to the US at age seven and was raised in Glendale, CA.                     

His style evolved into pop culture merged with surreal worlds, old time advertising, board games and nostalgia to create his original pop art with the "Art on the Edge." This style spoke to the baby boomers and everyone who remembered their childhood toys, music, films, politics and icons fondly.

Luxury Tax, Nelson De La Nuez art

Nelson's pop art at Bagatelle in West Hollywood

De La Nuez is known as the "King of Pop Art"  for his original style of combining pop art and surrealism. He sold several pieces of art to Michael Jackson, on June 11, 2009. De La Nuez delivered the art to Jackson's home on June 15, not long before he died.
They were the final three pieces of art to enter into Michael Jackson's vast art collection. On December 2, 2009, De La Nuez delivered the three pieces to Michael Jackson's children that were ordered before his death. He opened Pop Land Studios in Los Angeles, CA where he paints and creates. His art is sold online under his trademarked name "King of Pop Art®."

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