Born in Leicestershire, Naomi studied art in Loughborough and Sunderland, with a specialty in sculpture and printmaking. In 1989 she came to St Ives and began her career in art in earnest, painting largely in acrylics.

Naomi credits the encouragement and teaching of Sheila OLINER in the latter's printmaking classes in getting her started back to work in St Ives. She is a member of the Porthmeor Printmakers, and leads workshops from time to time at the Tate St Ives, the St Ives School of Painting and in the St Ives Print Workshop.

Naomi works from the Porthmeor Studios, St Ives (2013).

Naomi is married and has one daughter (2001).

An exhibition of a new series of prints by Naomi was held 'On the Ramp Wall' at the Exchange Gallery, Penzance in 2009, and her work appears regularly in mixed shows and galleries in West Cornwall, and widely elsewhere.


Painter, printmaker


2007: Selected for Art Now Cornwall Exhibition, Tate St Ives 3 Feb-13 May

2009: Ramp Wall exhibitor, The Exchange, Mar-May 2009

2010: Guest Artist, 'Silent Signals', Crypt Gallery, St Ives

2011: The Exchange, Penzance 'Print!' Apr-Jul: Contemporary and historic prints/printmakers

2013: Newlyn Art Gallery - Newlyn School of Art Tutors Fundraising Exhibition (24 Oct-2 Nov)

2013/2014: Millennium Gallery, St Ives: Mixed Winter Exhibition (Dec - Jan)

Open Studios Cornwall 2015

2016: Kestle Barton - 'Naomi Frears New Work' (14 May-3 July)

2019: The World as Yet Unseen, Falmouth Art Gallery (6 Apr-15 June)

2023: We are Floating in Space, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn (11 Feb-3 June)


Porthmeor Printmakers



Brittain, Sarah and Cook, Simon (2001) Behind the Canvas, 40 Artists working in West Cornwall;

Cornishman 9 Dec 2010: 'Silent Signals' in What's On section, p37

Cross (2002) Catching the Wave (illus) pp187-8

Hoyle, H (Dec 2010 Women Artists in Cornwall Review of BBC4 documentary 'Art of Cornwall'

Hoyle, H (Oct 2011 Women Artists in Cornwall 'Louise Connell at Falmouth Art Gallery'

Hoyle, H (May 2012 Women Artists in Cornwall 'From blogging to printmaking - a journey of discovery'

Whybrow (2013) St Ives: The Story of Porthmeor Studios;