My art practice moves through a number of mediums, each engaging with a different perspective and inspiring the next. In 2013 I graduated from a BFA Honours, Griffith University, Australia. Focussing on representing the sexual body, I found that my work was driven by my lust for the moment the subconscious mind and physical body united.Predominantly I am an expressive painter. Since 2015, I have found that working within performance art has been a main point of reference for me to fully express myself.
I began experimenting with using my body to make marks on canvas, this practice led me to experiment with multi-media works; for example combining photographs, perspex and oil paint. By using photographic images and my body, I was able to bring attention to women's issues with multiple viewpoints. Video art as a medium then became a focal point of mine as it became an extension of the process in-which I found within the mixed-media and photographic projects.
My work is evocative, inviting the audience to experience both beauty and chaos.
I have performed in Amsterdam, Yalikavak, Hong Kong, London, Berlin and as a part of the official Venice Biennale program. To date my work has shown in 12 countries, with public collections in Turkey, Portugal and Georgia. In August 2017 I spent a month in Berlin at an artist in residence with Fellini Gallery, and simultaneously undertook an intense workshop withMotimaru Dance Company. During this time I created a (Butoh) performance inspired by my own experience with domestic violence; both in my childhood and marriage; the work was expressed as body memory and emotional experiences. Along with the performance piece I created a series of expressive abstract paintings.
My work revolves around a system of reflecting on personal moments and connecting my experiences with current and past affairs in the world. Art is the medium that allows me to portray such findings, which in-turn invites the viewer into a series of expressionist outcomes.
Nara Walker was born in Queensland, Australia in 1990.
Public collections include Mine Sanat Galerisi, Turkey; City Museum of Aveiro, Portugal; and Georgia's National Parliament Library.
Finalist awards; The Ruth Borchard Self- Portrait Prize 2015; Piano Nobile Kings Place, London; Summer Art Award (2015), Lacey Contemporary, London; SeeMe award (2015), Scope Art Miami; Art In The Hills (2015), Oakhill College Sydney; and Create Art Award (2009) as the winner, Sunshine Coast Australia. Shortlist awards; Jackson Art Prize (2016) London; and Blooom Award (2015, 2016, 2018) Cologne.
Solo shows consist of 'Found Distortions-Body Print' (2017), Kliq Gallery, Hong Kong; 'New Paintings' (2017), Das Giftraum Berlin; 'Beauty Amongst Chaos' (2016), Mine Sanat Galerisi, Palmarina Bodrum; 'AIR Nara Walker' (2014), Juxtaposed Gallery, London; 'Suggestive Gestures' (2014), Woolloongabba Art Gallery Brisbane.
Walker was an Artist in Residence at Fellini Gallery Berlin in August 2017, Paint For Georgia May 2016 and Juxtaposed Gallery London in August 2014.
Selected group shows; 'Endangered Bodies - Representing and Policing the body in Western Culture' (2018), International conference and art exhibition, University of Lisbon, Portugal; 'Language of The Voiceless' (2018), Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, USA; 'Eminent Domain' (2018), ART511 Magazine, Former Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA; 'Affordable Art Fair' (2018), represented by The Gallery Eumundi, Singapore; 'Affordable Art Fair' (2017/18), represented by The Gallery Eumundi, Hong Kong; 'Asia Contemporary Art Show' (2017), Represented by The Gallery Eumundi, Singapore and Hong Kong (Spring and Autumn); 'Clarity of Chaos' (2017), On Art Gallery Firenze, Florence; 'The Heart Beat of Mother Earth' (2016), Onishi Gallery; NYC, 'Hair Pull live performance', 4Bid, OT301, The Netherlands; 'Protecht' (2015), The Bank Space Gallery CASS, London; and 'Energy String-Live Performance', Memories of Self at the Self Festival (2015), Official Venice Biennale program, It's Liquid Group, Venice Art House.
Notable Publications include; 'Introducing Nara Walker', Emerging Art, WITP, Brogue Magazine (2017), 'Vücuduyla resim yapiyor', Milliyet (2016), Radio1.GE, radio interview, Paint for Georgia Art Festival (2016), 'Sürunerek Yerde Harikalar Varativor', Hürriyet newspaper (2016), 'Seduction Through Painting in Nara Walker's Practice', Chrom Art (2016), 'Artist Interview', LandEscape Magazine 7th Edition (2015) and 'The Emerging Issue, The QCA School', Art Monthly Australia (2013, Rex Butler).
Walker holds a BFA (Hons), QCA Griffith University Queensland Australia and currently holds residence in Reykjavik Iceland, Brisbane Australia and London UK.