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ART5 Gallery Brighton @ 5 Prince Albert Street [Open every day 11a.m. to 5:30p.m.]
Naomi Munuo is a fine art painter with a fashion design background. She studied at Central St Martin's in the late 80s early 90s and has taught art and design and run an arts faculty for many years alongside producing and exhibiting her own work. Naomi now dedicates all of her time to creating and exhibiting her work. Naomi’s work is figurative – and includes portraits within still life and interior settings. Naomi enjoys the intensity of colour that can be achieved with acrylic paint, the fast-drying nature of it lends itself to the way she works, layering her own drawn stenciled patterns on flat blocks of colour. Within her works on paper, Naomi draws on elements of the unexpected and accidental to give her work, life and freedom, using a range of mixed media.
Naomi’s work is of the mid-century style inspired by the modern masters, her family and her interior surroundings. Naomi sets up still life scenes with objects and artefacts from around her house. Her figures have a sculptural element to them. She grew up surrounded by her father’s sculptures and her mother’s collections of vintage ceramic ornaments, fabrics and colourful abstract paintings. This left a mark on her and she continues to draw inspiration from her own collections of objects and artefacts today. Colour, composition, contrast, narrative, motif and mark making are important elements in Naomi’s work.
“My artistic intention is to create a frisson between joyful colour harmonies and compositional structure whilst narrating the drama which exists in the relationship between the figure, objects and their environment. I am keen to explore the boundary between observation and imagination and capture the essence of form and juxtapose this with flat patterned areas. From my work I hope the viewer will take away some of the beauty that I see in everyday things.”
Naomi’s work is prevalent on social media and has been exhibited widely in galleries across the UK and online art platforms. Her work is held amongst private collections globally. Naomi has exhibited in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, and she has had three painting collections at Liberty London.