Highly Commended artist in the 2022 Paul Guest Prize, Bendigo Gallery.
Different Versions of Self, 2022
charcoal on paper 29 x 42cm
Nara Walker is an internationally exhibiting artist creating evocative works that convey the human condition. Recent commendations include Highly Commended Artist in the 'Paul Guest Prize' (2022), Bendigo Gallery, Australia. Her creative abilities have been praised since the beginning of her career; critiqued by Rex Butler 'Art Monthly Australia' (2013) and as a finalist in the 'Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize' (2015, UK). Furthermore, Walker's work has been exhibited in galleries, including the renowned 'Woman Made Gallery' (2018, USA). In addition, a selection of Walker's work may be found in public collections, including 'The National Parliament Library of Tbilisi' (Georgia), 'Mine Sanat Galerisi' (Turkey) and 'Gallery City Museum of Aveiro' (Portugal).
Walker's debut appearance as a performance artist was at the 'Venice Biennale' (2015) with her solo 'Hair Pull', followed by a second performance 'Energy String' (official programme). Her performances include publication on the cover of Turkish paper 'Milliyet' with performance and solo show 'Beauty Amongst Chaos' at Mine Sanat Galerisi (2016). Her most recent performance was 'Do you see the colours in the shadow?' (2021), at Seven Star Gallery in Berlin, Germany.
Walker is an Alumna of Griffith University, holding a BFA Honours (2013); she has completed extensive artist residency programmes across Europe, the UK, Iceland, and Georgia. Recent mentions include the Guardian profile, 'Nara Walker: the Australian woman suing Iceland', by Maddison Connaughton. Her interest in women's rights has led her to create the conference 'No Woman Alone', co-found the 'RVK Feminist Film Festival' (Iceland) and progressively sue the Icelandic state under the Istanbul Convention - combating gender-based violence - at the European Court of Human Rights. Walker's work is biographically influenced and comments on social constructs and identity through expressionist forms in various mediums.
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