Naomi Wallens is a British born, rebellious and provocative street artist from East London creating disruptive, unorthodox products of contemporary Object D’Art with a female empowerment theme running throughout her work.
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.
Drawing on her own experiences as a woman and mother, societal pressures of female conformity are a key theme throughout her work. 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 and exploring the effects that the white noise of news, entertainment and social media has on us all, 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 reference Allen Jones and are as playful as they are provocative.
From her London Studio she is working on her next body of work which is to be debuted at The Saatchi Gallery, London running from 21st October for 5 days. The thought provoking new work pays homage to her inner rebel whilst reflecting her most recent studies on ‘Society Conformity’. Showcasing a series of glamourous and powerful Photographic Art pieces, entitled; ‘Race for Beauty’, ‘Artificial Love’ and ‘Save Yourself’, they will be available to purchase as a limited print run at the show. Other new works featuring at the show will be the new ‘Hot Ass’ Sculpture range - giving her body part sculptures a new and ever evolving narrative, whilst empowering a more meaningful connection with ourselves and each other.
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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