Naomi Grant is an award winning Contemporary Indigenous artist based in Perth, Australia. Her Indigenous heritage brings a blend of the contemporary and mysterious together in many of her works.

About Naomi Grant:

Since 2000 Naomi has won over 20 awards, including the $10,000 Hawkesbury Art Award. Her successful career as a practising artist and designer spans the past 40 years. She graduated from Curtin University of WA with a BA in Design. Her career ranges from being self -employed as an artist, textile designer, senior designer at Canning Vale Weaving Mills, teaching art in Bangkok and promotional manager of Kurongkurl Katitjin, School of Indigenous Australian Studies at Edith Cowan University, Perth.

A descendant of the Wiradjuri people of central New South Wales, Naomi was born in Sydney but has made her home in Perth for the past 40 years. Her Indigenous heritage brings a blend of the contemporary and mysterious together in many of her works. Colour and beauty are strong inspirational elements that help mould each painting.

“I am very interested in the surface feel and the layering effect that helps create more than one perception of the image. I am very interested in pattern and design and I enjoy creating a design within the landscape. My works have an abstract element to them, with some still suggesting the literal image. I like this combination where the viewer can see different aspects and perspectives within the work” 

Often these ideas spring from dreams, visions and memories of her travels. Naomi’s equally comfortable with traditional scenes, through to a more contemporary blending of realism and Indigenous imagery.

In the last 14 years, Naomi’s focus has been on acrylics and collage. She has developed a technique of using layers of coloured tissue paper under and over the painted surface. This gives the surface a three-dimensional textural quality.

You can also view Naomi's work at:

Mallinup Gallery  Effects Framing 

This month's feature painting:

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Red Dirt Plains. Acrylic and Collage 90 x 180 cm

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Tourism Australia  purchased "Red Dirt Plains" for their central display piece at the recent tourism conference, held at the Perth Convention Centre in Perth in 2019.

Judges Comments:

The judges chose Dad’s Country As the Aboriginal prize winner for 2017 for the distinct metaphoric combination of Western agriculture and Indigenous mark making. The judges commended the contemporary style to blend Indigenous painting techniques and the Western landscape tradition to create a “fresh take” on an abstract painting.

Art Prize Advice

Read more here: https://blacktownarts.com.au/art-prize-advice-naomi-grant/

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