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Valerie took up painting seriously in 2002 after attending the Alternative Foundation in Fine Art at The Slade Summer School, The Slade School of Fine Art, University College of London, UK.

Her main medium is oil or acrylic on canvas with paintings in an abstract expressionist style.
They are created as a result of her explorations in colour, light, depth, form and texture, as well as inspired by the natural elements, hues and shapes in the environment.   She strives for a dynamic balance with a sense of mood and movement on the surface, through a unique transfer of energy in the action of painting. Having a keen interest in paper and craft, her art objects also include artists’ books, papier-mache, collage and assemblage pieces.

Her works have been exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum as well as the National Art Gallery, Malaysia. She has held several solo exhibitions including at the Wetterling Teo Gallery, as well as group exhibitions at instinc and Jendela Gallery at the Esplanade. In addition, her paintings have been auctioned at the Larasati Auctions.

She won First Prize in the Abstract medium category, United Overseas Bank (UOB) Painting of the Year 2004 Competition (Singapore) as well as Highly-Commended awards in 2006.  She has received a Distinction in the Malaysian Art Compeitition (2007) and been selected for the Young Contemporaries 2006 in Malaysia. She was part of an arts collective, instinc in 2006, and looks forward to an artist residency at the Vermont Studios Center, USA in 2009.

Her paintings can be found in corporate and private collections in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Mexico, Germany and Sweden.

Solo Exhibitions
2007 28 Jul - 25 Aug Veneer, Que Pasa, Singapore
2007 21 Mar - 11 Apr Reconstructions, Pitch Black, Singapore
2006 01 Sep - 30 Sep Chaos into Light, instinc, Singapore
2005 13 May - 30 Jun Moving Textures, Wetterling Teo Gallery, Singapore
2004 02 Sep - 16 Sep Distractions, 23 Emerald Hill, Singapore

Group Exhibitions
2008 06 Dec – 20 Dec Pameran Poskad ’08, House at Dempsey, Singapore
2008 04 Jul – 06 Jul Inspired Art Fair, Spitalfields Market, London, UK
2008 10 Jan – 04 Feb Random Starts, The Volvo Art Loft, Singapore
2007 17 Nov – 24 Nov Art +- RM 1000, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Malaysia

2007 02 Nov – 31 Dec The Young Contemporaries 2006, National Art Gallery, Malaysia
2007 19 Oct - 21 Oct LARASATI Pictures of Asia Fine Art Auction, The Marriot Hotel, Singapore

2007 09 Sep - 30 Sep Malaysian Art Competition 2007, Johor Art Society, Malaysia
2007 10 Aug - 01 Sep Text/Txt, Artisan Books, Australia
2007 03 Aug - 03 Sep Singapore Art Exhibition 2007, Singapore Art Museum
2007 27 Apr - 30 Apr LARASATI Pictures of Asia Fine Art Auction, The Marriot Hotel, Singapore

2006 25 Nov - 16 Dec Art Around 1000, Valentine Willie Fine Art, Malaysia 

2006 20 Oct - 23 Oct LARASATI Pictures of Asia Fine Art Auction, The Marriot Hotel, Singapore

2006 10 Sep - 24 Sep 25th UOB Painting of the Year Exhibition, Jendela Gallery, Esplanade, Singapore
2006 10 Aug - 02 Sep RED/READ @ Artisan Books Melbourne, Australia
2006 29 Jun - 15 Sep The Form and Soul of Johor, Balai Seni/National Art Gallery, Malaysia.
2006 02 Jun - 14 Jul 3rd International Miniart Exchange, Queen B's Gallery, Canada.
2006 01 Mar - 30 Jun Parallel Journeys, Art Space, Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore.
2006 06 Jan - 31 Jan mono-chromatic, instinc, Singapore
2005 Oct Art Singapore, Suntec City, Singapore
2005 30 Mar - 22 Apr Unspoken Words, instinc, Singapore
2005 14 Jan - 23 Feb Bottomline. Chinese, Jendela Gallery, Esplanade,  Singapore
2004 18 July - 6 Aug 23rd UOB Painting of the Year Exhibition, Jendela Gallery, Esplanade,  Singapore
2003 1 Apr - 30 Apr Anthropology Gallery, Holland Village, Singapore
2003 National Libraries in Seng Kang and Marine Parade, Singapore
2002 The Summer Foundation Group Show at The Slade, London, UK
1995 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Australia

Awards
2007 Distinction, Malaysian Art Competition 2007
2006 25th UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore) - Abstract Medium Category
2 Highly-Commended Certificates
2004 23rd UOB Painting of the Year (Singapore) - Abstract Medium Category
First Prize

Collection/Commission
2006 Mr Koh Seow Chuan,
Board Member, National Heritage Board/ Founder, DP Architects Pte Ltd
2005 Collaboration of Abstract Paintings for Saatchi & Saatchi used in Guinness, Asia Pacific Breweries Marketing Campaign
2002 Tampines Arcadia Mural

Education
2002 Alternative Foundation in Fine Art at The Slade Summer School, The Slade School of Fine Art, University College of London, UK
2001 Introduction to Graphic Design, Short Course
Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK
1993 - 1995 Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Art/Work Experience
2006 - current Freelance Visual Arts Trainer, including for Lescalier, instinc, People’s Association Singapore, Project: UNDP Malaysia.
2003 - 2005 Manager and Designer of Papier Pte Ltd, Handmade Paper Store
1996 - current Internet Developer/Designer

 

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