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Arja Välimäki

Visual Arts , Painting

Arja Välimäki

Visual Arts , Painting

Location Shellharbour

Artist Type Professional

Summary

My work depicts abstracted underwater scenes where 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.

  • About

    My underwater series depicts abstracted underwater scenes where 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, my paintings are alive with movement, texture and colour.

  • Biography

    Arja Välimäki holds a BFA and MFA from UNSW Art & Design Australia and has exhibited widely in both Australia and Finland. She has won numerous awards and grants and has been a finalist in prizes such as the Wynne Prize at AGNSW, Fisher’s Ghost Art Award and the Meroogal Women’s Art Award. Välimäki’s works are held in private and public collections worldwide including collections of the Consulate General of Finland, Hong Kong; Embassy of Finland, Canberra; Juminkeko’s Cultural Centre, Finland; and Wollongong Art Gallery.

    Arja Välimäki’s works are held in public and private collections in Australia, Finland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Spain, USA, Canada and UK.

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