Nahem is a contemporary artist born in Notting Hill where he still lives and works.
Nahem has a strong reputation as a painter of contemporary multicultural life, having a Scottish Russian mother and a father from Yemen (of Ethiopian descent).
Until 2007 Nahem painted from life giant heads of people from black and ethnic backgrounds. Nahem then turned to other subjects that drew on 'unreal' sources, photograph, TV and film as well as memory. He created hugely multi-layered paintings bursting with incident, including floods and nuclear explosions which continued with the theme of death. Most recently Nahem has made another dramatic move from, as he says:
"a tangible kind of reality to something quite intangible where, contrary to all previous methods of working, accident has been allowed to prompt imagination."
Nahem graduated with a BA Fine Art Painting from Manchester Polytechnic 1991, followed by post graduate study at Slade London 1993 and an MA from the Royal Drawing School 2004.
Nahem has exhibited widely and his work is present in museums throughout the UK. His small oil painting Desmond of 1997 is in Exeter Museum and Art Gallery. In 2004 Nahem had two large-scale solo museum and art gallery painting exhibitions, Youth culture in Plymouth City Art Gallery and Museum, and Giant Heads multi-culture at the Hartlepool City Art Gallery. In 2005 he had another one-man exhibition, We are Here, at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry. In 2006 Nahem exhibited twenty-eight Giant Heads in Bury City Art Gallery in an exhibition called Facing Yourself. In 2007 Nahem was in a group exhibition, True to Life at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, where he exhibited his work alongside, Freud, Auerbach, Bomberg and Lenkiewicz. In 2010 he was in a group exhibition called, ' With Thy Face I See', at the Hartlepool City Art Gallery.
Nahem has shown at a number of recent high profile group exhibitions including 2018 Crosses, Crucifixion Now/ Resurrection Now: Art of Death and Life, Southwell Cathederal, 2017 Into The Wild Abyss (3 person show with Gordon Cheung and Rui Matsunaga) Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 2017 Portrait exhibition Face to Face, The Herbert, Coventry City Art Gallery and Museum, 2016 Hard-Boiled Wonderland, (3 person show with Rui Matsunaga and Marcelle Hanselaar) at the Jessica Carlisle Gallery, London.
Isobel Johnstone Curator, Arts Council Collection 1979 -2004, tracks Nahem's progress as an artist from his early days as a student in Manchester to his most recent paintings, in an article entitled,
Tangible To In-Tangible. New Work By Nahem Shoa June 2015
Nahem's work is in international private and public collections.
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