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Nike Air Nude Painting

Ben Wakeling

United Kingdom

Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 74.8 W x 78.7 H x 1 D in

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Nike air nudes is part of a ongoing series that explains, depicts and reveals honest complex stories from inside NHS mental health institutions. From the most vulnerable settings with the UK, the Nike air nude paintings are an honest reflection from personal stories that I hope excites, engages and capturers the viewer and to fall in love with the paintings

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Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:74.8 W x 78.7 H x 1 D in

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B. London 1985 Occupation: Artist Guest lecturer for ‘Arts in Health’ at psychology dept at UWE. Founder of Outsider Gallery and Hackney Wick Life Drawing. Also, I am currently delivering my Expressive Arts and Wellbeing programme for the NHS MHT North London Forensic Service, since 2016. As well as being a full time artist working from my studio in Hackney Wick, London, I am currently employed as an artist for the NHS - delivering my own expressive arts programme for NHS North London Forensic Service which has been an incredible challenging but exciting journey as I also engage with NHS mental health services due to having a Bipolar diagnosis. This work also lead me to become the founding director of Outsider Gallery, London's first & Innovative art gallery exhibiting original works from NHS trusts in Forensic, CAMHS, HMP institutions, secure units, care settings & the excluded. I would say my childhood and early adult life experiences definitely informs my work. I never knew how to describe my work, I didn’t contemplate it until a doctor described my scribbles as self portraits and that they were/ or still are outcomes” - and I have a record that lists me as a vandal that causes criminal damage. Because of these two long standing issues and constant reoccurrences, I’ve always displayed an authentic rebelliousness energy to my relationship with art. I have been working with the NHS North London Forensic Service as an artist for many years but also separately engaging in their services as a mental health patient for even longer. It has been exciting but also incredibly complicated to navigate which again, I felt the only way of processing this was through paint. I believe this is where the idea of the Blue NHS Love Heart came from which since 2017 I’ve been painting outside and recently gained a lot of attention due to the pandemic. I think that my activist intentions really helps understand and link better in with my local communities, I really passionate about bringing community individuals together for positive active change.

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