Nobu Haihara is a multi-talented artist who continues to expand his horizons by challenging his own creative instincts. He is an accomplished painter and graphic artist whose energy and ideas keep him constantly active and evolving as a painter.
, Nobu credits his parents as early influences on his artistic future. He absorbed Japanese and western culture, and was especially drawn to books on Monet, Da Vinci, and Michelangelo. He visited museums and trained in the traditional Japanese arts; but it was in his parent’s grocery store that Nobu found his calling. Brightly colored and graphically enticing images bombarded him as he opened packages of dry goods from to arrange on shelves. The product designs were powerful and mesmerizing to the young Nobu, who began to see advertisements as art. He studied them, drew them and incorporated their ideas into his own emerging style. In school Nobu studied classical and modern art, but his interests kept gravitating towards Pop Art.
After graduating from
, Nobu immigrated to the in 1986. He arrived in
, a well-known artist’s community, and began selling his paintings on the Venice Boardwalk, which led to numerous commissions. Soon recognized for his creativity, Nobu began showing his artwork in galleries. In the early 1900’s Nobu learned the art of silk-screening and was successfully reproducing and selling his artwork as serigraphs and mono-prints on paper, glass, aluminum and canvas. He developed a style reminiscent of the traditional Japanese Ukiyoe wood-block prints that combine images with poetry and verse. Nobu became inspired to create silk screen prints of clocks, telephones, wine bottles and martinis - with their history or recipes written across them in a decorative narrative style.
Today Nobu is blurring these boundaries with his super-realist images of golf balls, golf hats, playing cards, martinis, wine and top shelf liquor bottles. Nobu’s still-life paintings dazzle us with their outstanding reflective qualities captured in the brandy snifters, wine and etched crystal whiskey glasses. Each one of Nobu Haihara’s still-life paintings is a special moment captured in time.
Nobu’s artwork is now in the collections of President George W. Bush, Lakers owner Jerry Buss, and hall of fame members Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Jerry West, and Jamaal Wilkes. He has been commissioned by the P.G.A. Tour, the Titleist Company, and Mao Daichi, Japan’s leading musical star; the NBC and FOX networks have used his artwork in set designs for “Ally McBeal” and “3rd Rock From The Sun”.