AmericanNoir - About

American-Noir creator and artist, 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 above Los Angeles. The daughter of a concert pianist/recording artist and award-winning photographer, her childhood was an eclectic blend of all-night recording sessions and unlimited access to artistic inspiration. At 17 she gratefully accepted an opportunity to travel abroad to study classical drawing and painting in Italy and France and credits the experience as having left an indelible mark on her style. Her avant-garde illustrations were soon sought after by such clients as Liz Claiborne, Etienne Aigner, Alexander McQueen, MGM and CBS Studios and Sunset Tower Hotel, among others.

“A disarming mixture of seductive beauty and intrigue – an homage to film noir.”

In recent years, Gina has emerged as an accomplished figurative painter. In 2011, she created “American-Noir,” an homage to her life-long passion for Film Noir and French New Wave Film, capturing on canvas the more provocative elements of the filmmakers and photographers she admires. Her large scale “Lynchian” paintings are beguiling and emotionally charged, drawing the observer in, but infusing just enough mystery to leave the interpretations ambiguous.

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Each piece is uniquely different, with the exception of the portrayal of strong female archetypes and the mysterious male shadows that appear in nearly all of her works. As a Chicago Tribune reviewer commented, “You will leave her exhibits no closer to figuring out the artist, who almost certainly will have changed course by her next exhibit, but perhaps that is the allure?”


“Creative People You Should Know” – Printsome (UK) – September 6, 2013

“Kyle Marffin On The Art of Noir” – Noir Culture At Its Best – July 17, 2013

“Gina Higgins – The Blink of An Eye” – Musetouch Visual Arts Magazine – April 2013

“Film Noir Paintings – Gina Higgins” – Bloody Loud – UK Magazine- March 2013

“Fabulous Art of Paintings by Gina Higgins” – Snapzlife Graphic Design and Digital Photography – February 26, 2013

“Film Noir Paintings By Gina Higgins” – Design You Trust Magazine – February 2013

“Film Noir Paintings By Gina Higgins” – Cuded Design Inspiration – February 13, 2013

“Film Noir Paintings By Gina Higgins” – Cuded Design Inspiration – February 13, 2013

“Film Noir Paintings by Gina Higgins” – Athenna Advertising & Branding – February 25, 2013

“Gina Higgins American-Noir” – Art It’s Okay Magazine – September 13, 2012

“Realistic Beauties Painting Roundup” – Soulexposed Magazine – August 23, 2012

“Artist Interview – Los Angeles – Gina Higgins” – The Flaneur (UK Art Magazine) – April 20, 2012

“Gina Higgins American Noir” – Art.Base Magazine – 2012

“Gina Higgins Introduces Opium Eyes Publishing” – Fine Art America Magazine – November 18, 2011

“Gina Higgins” – Escape Into Life Magazine – October 2011


The Stiletto Gumshoe – American Noir

On the Corner Where You Live – Wikipedia

Spectres Of Modernism: Art Against Over Development

Flavorwire – Darkly Beautiful Film Noir-Inspired Paintings

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