Naomi Wallens, a British contemporary multidisciplinary artist working with painting, sculpture and photography. Self-taught as a street artist, Wallens is becoming well known in the art world for her provocative artwork exploring the subtleties of societal pressures of conformity and the profound impact this has on our ability to feel connected to our own self.
Drawing on her own experiences as a woman and mother and the experiences of those that she collaborates with, Wallens’ works are unorthodox products of visual story-telling that fight and challenge societal injustices and champion empowerment and love. Wallens pushes her emotional boundaries to become the subject in many of her painted works and directly makes use of the female form using her own body in many of her sculptures to illustrate the stories she sets to tell.
Sometimes operating under her alter ago street name; 'SHYGUY', Wallens' work is eclectic, rock and roll and rebellious and her famous Butt shaped sculptures display her signature stories of a search for freedom and pushing the boundaries that can be seen in many of her works. These sculptures stand for feeling proud of Women everywhere who continue to occupy space, loud their voices and kick ass in anything that they put their minds to.
Fuelled by her inner rebel of going against the prescribed life that we are told we should have by society and the struggle to be seen, heard and loved for who we are, her work straddles the line between rebellion and hope, injustice with empowerment and battles with love and tenderness containing many of the pluralities of the female universe within one piece. Her collectors resonate with these stories that she sets to tell.
Her works can be seen currently fronting the Bad Reputation Show at The Riverside Studios, London until April 18th 2022, an epic four month art exhibition inspired by bad ass females and celebrating awesome women who dare to kick back. The show not only features Wallens' iconic RACE FOR BEAUTY photography art piece as featured in The Saatchi Gallery, London, some of her neon works and vintage light boxes, but also showcases her new body of work entitled The 'Good Girl' Collection; powered by the desire to re-write the narrative on what a 'Good Girl' looks like in the world today.
“For too long, people’s opinions and our learnt behaviours on how girls are supposed to act and look has prevented young women from leading a fulfilled life and being the most authentic versions of themselves”, says Wallens, and, “I want the Good Girl Collection to promote a story of liberation, throwing off the shackles and having the freedom to be whoever we want”.
Since quitting her career in the corporate world five years ago, Wallens has built a vast body of design meets art wonders featuring several installations, street art pieces around East London, her own body part sculptures, large scale paintings and an array of alluring Objet D’Art. Her debut collection formed her first solo show ‘Behind Closed Doors’ in 2018, and since has been on display in Paris, The Saatchi Gallery, London and currently at The Riverside Studios.
One to watch - Wallens’ work is fast becoming a firm favourite with international high net worth private art collectors and interior designers alike.
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EXHIBITIONS - SHOWING NOW
11th January - 18th April 2022, Bad Reputation Show, Riverside Studios, 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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