Nara Walker was born in 1990 in Australia; she works as a multidisciplinary artist.
Nara Walker is an internationally recognised artist. Her art endeavours began as a young girl growing up in rural Australia, where she sought to communicate and express herself through various creative forms. Today Nara exhibits as a multidisciplinary artist with a particular focus on evocative oil paintings and performance art. She conveys complex subjects such as; human behaviour, archetypes, sexuality, sensuality, intimate relationships, and the abuse of power within the system. Engaging with her work, Nara explores the tension, resistance, freedom, and triumph between these topics through the artists’ mark, often from an autobiographical and activist perspective. In doing so, commenting on social constructs and expressively referencing identity through varied mediums.
Nara’s ability to stand out as a current artist has been apparent from the beginning of her career with mentions in Art Monthly Australia (2013) in a critique by respected art critic Rex Butler, and as a finalist at the age of 25 in the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize (UK 2015). Nara’s work has been exhibited at galleries, including the renowned Woman Made Gallery (USA). In addition, a selection of Nara’s work may be found in public collections across the globe, including 'The National Parliament Library of Tbilisi' (Georgia), ‘Mine Sanat Galerisi' (Turkey) and ‘Gallery City Museum of Aveiro’ (Portugal). Nara is an Alumnus of Australia’s internationally recognised University, Griffith University. She holds a BFA Honours. Nara co-founded RVK Feminist Film Festival (Iceland) and is one of the nine women to progressively sue the Icelandic state in reference to the Istanbul Convention combating gender-based violence. The European Court of Human Rights has agreed to hear her claims.
Nara has continued to transform her art practice through varied mediums that at times cross-pollinate. Her debut appearance as a performance artist was in 2015 at the ‘Venice Biennale’. Nara performed at Mine Sanat Galerisi in 2016 to open her solo show Beauty Amongst Chaos. Her most recent performance, ‘Do you see the colours in the shadow?’, was performed at Seven Star Gallery Berlin, Germany. Since 2014 Nara has completed extensive artist residency programmes across Europe, the UK, Iceland and Georgia. Nara shows an ability to work on focussed projects with resolved outcomes. Nara is currently taking part in her fifteenth artist in residence programme in Umbria, Italy. During this stay, she works on projects that connect with ecology and art to convey Eco-Feminism’s ideology.