Naomi Wallens, a self-taught, rebellious street artist from London is becoming well known in the art world for her provocative artwork featuring sculptures of her own derrière and has just recently launched her latest collection of work at The Saatchi Gallery…
Drawing on her own experiences as a woman and mother and the experiences of those that she collaborates with, Naomi’s works are unorthodox products of contemporary Object D’Art that fight and challenge societal pressures of conformity and champion empowerment and love. Naomi directly makes use of the female form using her own body in many of her pieces including photography and sculptures to illustrate the stories she sets to tell.
Naomi’s latest work has evolved from containing a strong autobiographical element in examining her own experiences of happiness (and the not so happy ones) to observing human behaviours and emotions within the framework of the society in which we live today, often depicting subjects at odds with their often glamorous appearance.
More recent work includes sculptures all formed from a cast that Naomi took of her own derrière; this functional, stylish and tongue-in-cheek range began as a lamp collection, vases and plant potters, and has now developed into a range of ice buckets and Melting Hot Ass Sculptures. They contain Jay-Z’s Ace of Spades Champagne bottles and are as playful as they are provocative.
Before launching her career as an artist Naomi followed a conventional academic route, eventually bagging herself a business qualification before embarking on a career in the corporate world. Feeling disillusioned and empty with her pre-conditioned life, this fuelled her ever-rebellious inner self to go on a courageous and often painful journey of self-discovery as an artist.
Operating under her former artistic alter ego SHYGUY, which saw her delve into the world of street art working within the graphic framework of fantasy and personal experience, unlocking her passions, an avalanche of creativity soon followed. Naomi went on to build a vast body of design meets art wonders including own body part sculptures, neon, street art and statement hand painted furniture which debuted at her first solo show ‘Behind Closed Doors’ in 2018.
Naomi created her latest body of work over lockdown 2020 to capture the mood of the World during this time, and debuted the collection at Startnet, the Saatchi Gallery, October 2020.
The Saatchi Gallery collection pays homage to her inner rebel whilst reflecting her most recent studies on ‘Society Conformity’. Showcasing a series of glamorous, powerful and iconic Photographic Art pieces, entitled; ‘Race for Beauty’, ‘Artificial Love’ and ‘Save Yourself’, they are now available to purchase as limited edition pieces. Other new works featured at the show are the ‘Hot Ass’ Sculpture range - giving her body part sculptures a new and ever evolving narrative and the collection also features some excellent examples of Naomi’s early work as a street artist.
Naomi’s work has now become a firm favourite with international high net worth private art collectors and interior designers alike.
For all enquiries please contact the Naomi Wallens Studio at firstname.lastname@example.org, DM @naomiwallens or call 07538 565545
EXHIBITIONS - UPCOMING
May 2021, Saatchi Gallery, London
EXHIBITIONS - PREVIOUS
21st - 26th October 2020 START Art Fair, Saatchi Gallery, London
17th - 21st January 2020 Maison & Objet, Paris
22nd May - 10th June 2018 Behind Closed Doors Solo Show, London
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