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Naomi Olson is an American born, multi-disciplinary artist with a rich film and photography heritage. She studied experimental film with Stephanie Barber and cinematography with masters Vilmos Zsigmond and Yuri Neyman at Global Cinematography Institute. Her photography mentors were David Ulrich, author of 'Zen Camera' and Paul Chesley of National Geographic.

 

Her poetic, ethereal work revolves around digital & film photography. She has been featured in Club Monaco, published in editorials, exhibited internationally and was recognized by the Honolulu Museum of Art for her documentary project "Seeing Through the Heart: Portraits of the Blind in Hawaii"

How do we see beyond the ordinary? What does it look like to paint with light?

Her work is driven by questions, the search for knowledge and hope for humanity. Discovering new or uncommon understanding, and the notion that the impossible is possible. Her photography is heavily influenced by spiritual practice and inner work. Using the lens as a tool to reflect and reveal what is hidden in the subconscious mind, as well as, shine light on the human spirit, natural intelligence and beauty of this world.

Well traveled, she now resides by the sea in Mexico where she offers photo tours and education, while continuing to work on new collections, exhibitions, NFT art, and The Sea Is Medicine.

Naomi at her Land Sea Moon Show
Naomi standing with her prints
Denise Nakano and Lesa Griffith of Honolulu Museum of Art with Naomi Olson
Naomi and Paul Chesley at the light table
Paul Chesley at the light table
Naomi with Jacob Kaumanu in front of the phooto she took of him
Naomi and her photograph
David Ulrich in action

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2013 BIJA @ Art & Yoga Studio, Nice, FRANCE 2011 SEEING THROUGH THE HEART: PORTRAITS OF THE BLIND IN HAWAII @ Arts at Marks Garage, Honolulu, HI 2010 LIMITLESS @ Town, Honolulu, HI 2010 BIJA @ Open Space Gallery, Honolulu, HI 2009 LAND SEA MOON @ South Street Gallery, Honolulu, HI 2008. NIGHTTIME LANDSCAPES @ 12th Avenue Grill and Gallery, Honolulu, HI.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2023 COLLECTIVA DE FOTOGRAFIA @ Soph Art Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico 2023 DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH @ Picture This Art, Online Gallery 2023 YOUR TOP TEN @ Bryony Shearmur, Online Gallery 2023 PARIS WALL PROJECT @ Obscura Dao for Art Crush, Paris , France 2023 INF COLLECTIVE SHOWCASE @ Block Down Festival, Algarve, Portugal 2023 SIMBIOSIS @ Studio Gerardo Noriega, Bucerias, Mexico 2023 ARTIST VILLAGE @ NYC NFT, New York, NY 2022 WXX3 MAKERSPLACE SHOWCASE @ NFT Paris, Paris, France 2022 WINTER @ Art East Online Gallery 2022 WATER @ Art East Online Gallery 2015 SIGHTLINES & SEEING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTIVE @ The Cell Theater, New York, NY 2011 ARTISTS OF HAWAII BIENNIAL @ Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, HI 2010  CATHEDRAL ARTS FESTIVAL @ Grace Van Vorst, Jersey City, NJ 2010  STARLIGHT BALL @ Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI 2010  PUNAHOU CARNIVAL @ Punahou Carnival Gallery, Honolulu, HI 2009  CATHEDRAL ARTS FESTIVAL @ Grace Van Vorst, Jersey City, NJ 2009  PUNAHOU CARNIVAL @ Punahou Carnival Gallery, Honolulu, HI 2008  MIXED MEDIA MINIATURES @ Koa Gallery, Honolulu, HI 2008 SEE THE WORLD IN BLACK AND WHITE FEATURED ARTIST @ Club Monaco, Honolulu, HI 2008  DARKNESS @ Koa Gallery, Honolulu, HI (juried photography) 2008  ECO – LOGIC @ Art at Marks Garage, Honolulu, HI 2008  VISION AND DISCOVERY @ Canon Gallery, Honolulu, HI 2007  PHOTO PLUS EXPO @ Jacob Javits, New York, NY

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 2012 – current PHOTOGRAPHER Freelance commercial, editorial and fine art 2007 – 2011 PRINT LAB FACILITATOR & TEACHING ASSISTANT at PACIFIC NEW MEDIA 2005 – 2011 ASSISTANT CAMERAMAN - FILM & COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION clients such as Johnson&Johnson, Armani, Kashi, Shiseido, Sapporo, CDW, Bank of Hawaii, L’Oreal... 2009 – 2010 PHOTO EDITOR for PAUL CHESLEY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC COLLECTION 2008 - 2008 CURATOR for ASIA PACIFIC SECURITY CENTER PERMANENT COLLECTION 2005 – 2008 CAMERA RENTAL MANAGER for OTTO NEMENZ at HAWAII MEDIA 2002 – 2005 CREATIVE DIRECTOR and DESIGNER for TOPS MALIBU 2001 – 2002 PROPS ARTIST for THE BERKELEY REPERATORY THEATRE and AURORA THEATRE 2000 – 2000 SET DECORATOR/SET CONSTRUCTION FEATURE FILM 1998 – 1999 PROPS ARTIST at THE CHILDRENS THEATRE 1997 – 1998 EXHIBIT TECHNICIAN at DISCOVERY WORLD MUSEUM 1994 – 1997 WOODWORKING APPRENTICE at FILLINGHAM FURNITURE 1996 – 1996 TEACHER UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MILWAUKEE CRAFT CENTER

EDUCATION 2023 MAKERSPLACE NFT ARTIST LAUNCHPAD PROGRAM, Online 2013 – 2014 GLOBAL CINEMATOGRAPHY INSTITUTE, Los Angeles, CA 2004 – 2007 PACIFIC NEW MEDIA at UNIVERSITY of HAWAII MANOA, OUTREACH COLLEGE, Honolulu, HI 1998 –1998 MILWAUKEE INSTITUTE OF ART & DESIGN, Milwaukee, WI  1995 - 1997 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN MILWAUKEE, audited courses in 16mm filmmaking & animation, Milwaukee, WI

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