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Danica Patrick

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Outside the Box Nelson De La Nuez, the King of Pop Art, built a career out of creating unique art Words by Vanessa Pascale · Photos courtesy Nelson De La Nuez "It was so serendipitous because I get a call from my PR firm saying you wanted to interview [me] and you would only do so, if I come to New York, right?" Nelson De La Nuez asks with a laugh. This is true, I only conduct interviews in-person. "And it's just so weird that I was going to be here!" Nelson's publicist reached out to me back in July regarding his collab with TCG Toys (the company that released jigsaw puzzles showcasing four of Nelson's iconic pieces of artwork) and I kept it to follow up, and I just happened to reach out days before he was scheduled to be in NYC (where I reside) to visit an art gallery that represents him, DTR Modern Galleries. It all worked out serendipitously —as Nelson said— especially since he is rarely in Manhattan. Nelson and I are in The Plaza Hotel's Champagne Bar. The King of Pop Art is dressed in dark jeans, a light blue button-up, and a navy blue blazer with a white pocket square. "We came here to take pictures with my artwork, but they sold it all… I've been doing 17-hour days for the last two weeks, so it's just been nuts... I can't keep up with the demand," says Nelson. Not a bad problem to have. "Not a bad problem to have! After this meeting I had today with the owner, it's going to get even crazier, so I'm going to need to really, really step it up." Nelson's artwork is showcased in DTR Modern Galleries' West Palm Beach, Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York locations. "Next week, we're doing Chicago and that's through Bruce Lurie [Art] Gallery in L.A. Every time we do an art show in that caliber, you get about 100,000 people that show up, so I can easily sell 8-15 pieces. So between that and the galleries, it's a challenge. At this point, if anyone comes in and wants my work, we're just going to have to put them on a waiting list." Next year, Nelson will begin to roll out a number of exciting new projects that will put him on another level. "I'm really, really excited about that." First Class Girl Sketch

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