Waleska Nomura is a Brazilian artist, living and working in the UK and Unlawful Art are delighted to be working with her on some exclusive and very exciting prints. Nomura, a self-taught creative in the visual arts, began her career painting graffiti letters onto the streets of Sao Paulo, before turning to the canvas where she experimented with figurative forms. As her work developed, so too did her use of materials and media, mixing heavy acrylic paint with collage elements and found objects, to create a truly unique, urban aesthetic. Her style is characterised by its use of rainbow-bright colours and two-dimensional textures. More recent work has explored a three-dimensional approach, bringing modelling clay into her already extensive catalogue of materials. In 2004, Nomura began work on a project entitled ‘Spreading the Love and Positive Energy to the World’, in which she seeks to use her voice as an artist to disseminate her message of warmth and humanity: a noble goal in an industry saturated with fame, success, and capital. To familiarise you with some of her work from street artist to contemporary work hanging in your home artist – take a look below at some of the pieces you may have seen in some art galleries.
‘Flowered Heart – Black’ is an original acrylic painting with 3D sculpted flowers. The print depicts a large love heart, composed of tiny, multi-coloured flowers. Set against a black background, Nomura has allowed the pigment to drip, adding texture and dynamism to the static image. Deeply reminiscent of the peace movements of the 1960s and 70s, Nomura’s print offers a glimpse of optimism in a time of turbulence.
‘Love Stories’ is a signed original painting with collage elements. The words mix positivity – ‘love’, ‘sunshine’, ‘destiny’ – with negativity – ‘betrayal’, ‘failure’, ‘mess’ – to remind us of our very human qualities. Set against a black background, veined with streaks of white paint, the print is both visually arresting and conceptually provocative.
Nomura began her career painting graffiti letters onto the streets of Sao Paulo, before experimenting with an array of media and materials. ‘Flowered Heart – Love Stories’ is part of Nomura’s ‘Spreading the Love and Positive Energy to the World’ project, which seeks to disseminate a message of warmth and humanity. The print depicts a large love heart, composed of multi-coloured scraps of text, collaged together from magazine cuttings.
Patchwork Heart’ is a Giclée Print. Hand finished with Silkscreen Glazes, Gold and Silver Leafing, and 3D Fluffy Clouds, the print is from a limited edition of 30 and is signed and numbered by the artist. ’Patchwork Heart’ is part of Nomura’s ‘Spreading the Love and Positive Energy to the World’ project, which seeks to disseminate a message of warmth and humanity. The print depicts a composite of patchwork patterns, visually woven together to create a large love heart. Using an array of hand-finished elements – including gold, silver, and copper leaf, pearlescent glazes, high gloss spot varnishes, fluorescent pigment, and fluffy clouds – Nomura creates astonishing texture, galvanising each panel of the heart. Four leaf clovers and flowers, cats and clouds, merge in a rainbow palette, powerfully recalling the peace movements of the 1960s and 70s to offer a glimpse of optimism in a time of turbulence.
Keep an eye out on our Unlawful Art Available Prints to see when we drop some very beautiful, innovative pieces in collaboration with Waleska. You can pop your details in here to be the first in the know of our Art Drops right here.