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Race For Beauty at The Saatchi Gallery, London


Race For Beauty - Large Acrylic - Limited Edition 1 of 11 Photograph

Naomi Wallens

United Kingdom

Photography, Color on Aluminium

Size: 34.6 W x 39.4 H x 0.8 D in

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About The Artwork

Race for Beauty belongs to a trilogy of striking photography art pieces that Naomi felt compelled to create during the first ‘lockdown’ in response to the world that she was seeing at the time and the difficulties that we were all experiencing. The trilogy reference Naomi’s studies on ‘Societal Programming’ and ‘Cultural Conditioning’ and Race for Beauty is a perfect example of Naomi’s desire to produce unorthodox products of visual story-telling that fight and challenge societal injustices and champion empowerment and love. This poignant piece portrays a Girl, recently crowned the winner of a beauty pageant. She is on her knees and naked signifying the emotional toll of competing to be seen, heard and loved for who she is. However, her expression is one of power, beauty, solidarity, and hope. Hope for a voice, for liberty, diversity, better representation and for meaningful lasting change. The image is particularly relevant not only in referencing the Black Lives Matter movement, but also the 2020 film; ‘Misbehaviour’, which addresses both feminist and racial issues surrounding the true story of the 1970’s Miss World contest. This creation is a good example of Naomi’s evolutionary nature, bringing photography, which has always been a medium that features in her working process, to a medium in its’ own right. Coupled with her desire to juxtapose what looks like a glossy vogue styled image against something with a deeper meaning, this image was exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery, London in October 2020 and is a real Collector’s piece.

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Photography:Color on Aluminium

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:34.6 W x 39.4 H x 0.8 D in

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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. Wallens’ 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, depicting subjects at odds with their often glamorous appearance. Before launching her career as an artist Wallens 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. Wallens debuted her most recent collection at Startnet, The Saatchi Gallery in October 2020. Wallens wanted to capture the mood of the World during ‘lockdown’, representing the internal and external battles that many of us have in the modern world to love and be loved for who we are, exploring the effects of societal programming and cultural conditioning, captivating the viewer with soul-stirring intrigue. Wallens’ work has now become a firm favourite with international high net worth private art collectors and interior designers alike.

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