Finnish born, Arja Välimäki is an Australian based artist, who starts her daily practise with a coastal walk where she finds an exultant connection to nature. She draws her inspiration from the microscopic details, the natural world and bird’s eye views of the landscape. Arja’s daily practise is reflected in her abstract interpretation of the way she feels when in nature. She absorbs the details and patterns that the water and sea life leave behind on the sand and rocks. The vivacious arrangements that emerge in Arja’s paintings can be interpreted as microscopic images, flora and fauna or photos taken from space.
Practising since the mid-1990s, Arja holds a BFA and MFA from UNSW Art & Design Australia and has exhibited widely in both Australia and Finland, including twenty solo exhibitions. She has been a finalist in the prestigious The 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 private and public collections worldwide including collections of the General of Finland, Hong Kong; Embassy of Finland, Canberra; Wollongong Art Gallery; Juminkeko, Kalevala Exhibition Centre, Finland.