Noma Bar exhibition, London

Painting depicting the silhouette of a gun
'Epic Fail' by Noma Bar.
(Image credit: Francis Ware)

Noma Bar's new show at London's KK Outlet packs another dark, comedic punch. Titled 'Bitter Sweet', it reveals the duality of the illustrator's oeuvre, in which strong political messages are mixed with playful observations.

The Israeli artist is a master of simplicity. His clever manipulations of everyday icons force you to look several times. They're like comic remarks delivered with an utterly dead-pan expression or cutting comments to which there's no comeback.

In this exhibition's never-seen-before woodcuts, installations and screen prints, Bar ingeniously plays with negative spaces - so that the trigger of a gun reveals a dead man's head and the blank hole of a hooded figure's face is also the flame of a match.

While Bar - cover artist for our W*097 Secret Elite issue - is best known for his subverted images of famous faces (remember Saddam Hussein with features made from a radio active symbol and Bob Dylan wearing a guitar as sunglasses?), this show is more about his observations on life around him and the forms and faces he encounters.

Night Train to London

'Night Train to London' by Noma Bar

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The Noma Bar exhibition

The Noma Bar exhibition at the KK Outlet

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Gun Crime

'Gun Crime' and 'Now You See Them Now You Don't' by Noma Bar.

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More or Less

'More or Less' by Noma Bar.

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Covers of Noma Bar's book

Covers of Noma Bar's book, 'Negative Space', released through Mark Batty Publisher.

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S.M.L

'S.M.L' by Noma Bar

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Now You See Them, Now You Don't

'Now You See Them, Now You Don't' by Noma Bar

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Gun Crime

'Gun Crime' by Noma Bar

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Noma Bar's work

Noma Bar's work on show at the KK Outlet

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Shy Guy

'Shy Guy' by Noma Bar

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Where There's Darkness

'Where There's Darkness' by Noma Bar

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Think Harder

'Think Harder' by Noma Bar.

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Blind Optimism

'Blind Optimism' by Noma Bar

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The graphic works

The graphic works on display at the KK Outlet

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Malaika Byng is an editor, writer and consultant covering everything from architecture, design and ecology to art and craft. She was online editor for Wallpaper* magazine for three years and more recently editor of Crafts magazine, until she decided to go freelance in 2022. Based in London, she now writes for the Financial Times, Metropolis, Kinfolk and The Plant, among others.