Naomi Blake's experiences as a survivor of Auschwitz have been a huge influence throughout her artistic career. Her work contains recurring themes inspired by her desire to commemorate the past horrors of persecution and move towards the promotion of understanding and good will between people of different faiths and backgrounds. Naomi Blake's sculpture expresses her personal experience of the Holocaust and her hopes and optimism for a better future.
Following training at the Hornsey School of Art, Naomi’s work began with ceramic pots and portrait sculpture, progressing to figurative and then abstract work. Sculpting originally in clay and then in polystyrene for casting in bronze, she gradually reintroduced figurative elements in her work, showing the influences of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
Her work developed through a cycle of embryonic forms, enclosed and protected figures, gradually opening out "to free the figure from its haven to stand against all adversity and spread its free wings". With her great interest in Jewish life and learning, she also sculpted imposing, expressive Biblical figures, bringing to life the strength and character of the Old Testament.
The Naomi Blake catalogue raisonné and Biography books are both available from our online bookstore or at the gallery.