About Arja Välimäki

My work investigates intersections between the forests of Finland and the oceans of Australia. These two countries in which I reside, at the far ends of the world, are at once opposite and alike in their landscape and culture. From forests to oceans, lakes to arid land, snow to heat, I deeply love both countries, their people, and their nature.

I grew up in Finland with forests and have had the ocean as part of my daily life for a long time now, forming my great appreciation for both. I used to swim in the ocean almost every day until I had an accident in 1995, only two years after I migrated to Australia. I had stepped on a stingray, a very painful encounter that left me limping for eight years and crippled me with a fear of the ocean. Fear is a real, beautiful and a normal human experience, however I one day hope to overcome my phobia to again enjoy the ocean’s water beyond standing in the shallows. The majestic forests of Finland scare me somewhat too. I have often felt the presence of a large animal, a bear or a moose perhaps. I used to go deep into the forest to collect berries with my family and we would always make lots of noise to scare away possible predators.

Through expressive application of thick acrylic paint, this body of abstract paintings explores my personal experiences as a Finnish migrant in Australia, especially my encounters with the underwater world and landscape, and my appreciation for the beauty of nature.

 

 

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.



Aria (Arja) Väimäki

视觉艺术家(抽象派艺术家)

 

芬兰的旅澳艺术家 Arja Välimäki 每天都会以漫步海边、亲近大自然的方式来迎接新的一天。通过对观察微观细节、大自然的奥妙和鸟瞰身边的一景一色,她获得了源源不断的灵感。Arja将与大自然的身心接触所带来的灵感完美地融合到抽象艺术创作中来。海滩上的沙石在浪花退去后所呈现出的“一颦一笑”被她巧妙地展现在作品当中——作品在融入这些新颖创意后,好似微观美景,也似奇花异草,又似异域风情。

 

Arja 的艺术创作始于上世纪 90 年代中期,她在悉尼新南威尔士大学先后攻读了本科(美术)和硕士(美术)学位。她的作品多次在澳大利亚和芬兰的艺术展览中公开展出,其中包括 16 次个人艺术展。其作品曾入围新州艺术展览馆举办的 Wynne 奖、悉尼海滩雕塑展、Fisher’s Ghost 艺术奖、 Campbelltown 艺术中心展览以及悉尼博物馆举办的 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize。

Arja的作品也赢得了许多奖项,为她争取到了硕士奖学金。此外,Arja 还获得了 2004 年度芬兰卡勒瓦拉(芬兰民族史诗)青年艺术家称号。

 

目前,Arja Välimäki’s 的作品被澳大利亚、芬兰、香港和英格兰等国的个人和机构收藏。

Välimäki 也是墨尔本  Gallery and Berry 地区展览馆的代言人。

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About Arja Välimäki

My work investigates intersections between the forests of Finland and the oceans of Australia. These two countries in which I reside, at the far ends of the world, are at once opposite and alike in their landscape and culture. From forests to oceans, lakes to arid land, snow to heat, I deeply love both countries, their people, and their nature.

I grew up in Finland with forests and have had the ocean as part of my daily life for a long time now, forming my great appreciation for both. I used to swim in the ocean almost every day until I had an accident in 1995, only two years after I migrated to Australia. I had stepped on a stingray, a very painful encounter that left me limping for eight years and crippled me with a fear of the ocean. Fear is a real, beautiful and a normal human experience, however I one day hope to overcome my phobia to again enjoy the ocean’s water beyond standing in the shallows. The majestic forests of Finland scare me somewhat too. I have often felt the presence of a large animal, a bear or a moose perhaps. I used to go deep into the forest to collect berries with my family and we would always make lots of noise to scare away possible predators.

Through expressive application of thick acrylic paint, this body of abstract paintings explores my personal experiences as a Finnish migrant in Australia, especially my encounters with the underwater world and landscape, and my appreciation for the beauty of nature.

 

 

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.



Aria (Arja) Väimäki

视觉艺术家(抽象派艺术家)

 

芬兰的旅澳艺术家 Arja Välimäki 每天都会以漫步海边、亲近大自然的方式来迎接新的一天。通过对观察微观细节、大自然的奥妙和鸟瞰身边的一景一色,她获得了源源不断的灵感。Arja将与大自然的身心接触所带来的灵感完美地融合到抽象艺术创作中来。海滩上的沙石在浪花退去后所呈现出的“一颦一笑”被她巧妙地展现在作品当中——作品在融入这些新颖创意后,好似微观美景,也似奇花异草,又似异域风情。

 

Arja 的艺术创作始于上世纪 90 年代中期,她在悉尼新南威尔士大学先后攻读了本科(美术)和硕士(美术)学位。她的作品多次在澳大利亚和芬兰的艺术展览中公开展出,其中包括 16 次个人艺术展。其作品曾入围新州艺术展览馆举办的 Wynne 奖、悉尼海滩雕塑展、Fisher’s Ghost 艺术奖、 Campbelltown 艺术中心展览以及悉尼博物馆举办的 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize。

Arja的作品也赢得了许多奖项,为她争取到了硕士奖学金。此外,Arja 还获得了 2004 年度芬兰卡勒瓦拉(芬兰民族史诗)青年艺术家称号。

 

目前,Arja Välimäki’s 的作品被澳大利亚、芬兰、香港和英格兰等国的个人和机构收藏。

Välimäki 也是墨尔本  Gallery and Berry 地区展览馆的代言人。

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