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Arja Välimäki is an Australian-based, Finnish born artist who works in sculpture, painting, installation and textiles. Her work examines issues of culture, connection and identity, and is influenced by Scandinavian design. Arja spent her childhood in an environment rich with Marimekko textiles. Minimalism may also hav… Read More
Arja Välimäki is an Australian-based, Finnish born artist who works in sculpture, painting, installation and textiles. Her work examines issues of culture, connection and identity, and is influenced by Scandinavian design. Arja spent her childhood in an environment rich with Marimekko textiles. Minimalism may also have had some influence on her art. She admires works by artists like Yayoi Kusama.

Her most recent paintings explore bold colours and patterns inspired by her childhood home in Finland. Arja has also worked with a diverse range of natural and found objects, from copper wire and rubber to abalone shells and human hair. Her art often incorporates intricate weaving, which reflects her training as a textile artisan.

Practicing since the mid 1990s, Arja has completed a Masters of Fine Arts at the University of NSW, and has exhibited widely in both Australia and Finland. She has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize and Sculpture by the Sea, and has won numerous awards, including the Bundanon Trust Regional Artist in Residence Scholarship (Arthur Boyd). Arja was also named Juminkeko's 2004 Young Kalevala Artist of the Year.

Her work is held in public and private collections in Australia and Finland. Read Less
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