The London-based British artist Polly Nor is best known for her paintings of women and their demons, her art focusing on the themes of female identity and self-esteem. She is inspired by her own experiences, her struggles with depression, technology, and the day-to-day lived reality of being a woman. Nor grew up drawing and painting, and in 2011 graduated with a degree in illustration from Loughborough University.

It is Polly Nor’s satirical and humorous exploration of female sexuality and its demons which has clearly resonated with many viewers, and has led to her rise in popularity. Her art has become well known on social media, and she has worked with Gucci, Andy Baker and Chelou on the music video ‘Halfway to Nowhere’, Dazed Digital, Doc Martens, and Complex magazine. Her London exhibitions have included ‘Sorry Grandma: An Exhibition of Obscene Illustrations’ at 71a Gallery in 2015, and ‘It's Called Art Mum, Look it Up’ and ‘Airing My Dirty Laundry In Public’ at Protein Studios in 2017 and 2018.

Polly Nor’s website can be found here, and her Instagram account here.

We are very grateful to our Russian friend Yuri for introducing us to the work of this artist, and for supplying many of the images.


Example illustration