87x115cm synthetic polymer on canvas
Black Japan Tasmanian Oak Frame
Finnish born, Arja Välimäki is an Australian based artist. Her underwater series depicts abstracted schools of fish swim and swirl in harmony. The impressionist application of a single colour per brush-stroke, each representing a fish, works to create a varied depth of field and an almost three-dimensional appearance. In vibrant blues and greens with pops of red, yellow or magenta, Välimäki’s paintings are alive with movement, texture and colour.
Practicing since the mid-1990s, Arja has completed her BFA and MFA at the University of NSW, Sydney. She has exhibited widely in both Australia and Finland, including 21 solo exhibitions. She has been a finalist in the prestigious Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW; Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney; Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre and the Sydney Living Museums Meroogal Women’s Art Prize. Arja has won numerous awards and grants, including a scholarship to study her MFA. Arja was also named 2004 Young Kalevala Artist of the Year, Finland.
Arja Välimäki’s works are held in public and private collections in Australia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, USA and UK.
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