Lot 082

b. Malaysia, 1974


Signed and dated 'VN09' (lower right)
Oil on canvas
66cm x 127cm

Private Collection, Singapore.

ESTIMATE  RM 5,000 - 6,000



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

Working mostly in oil on canvas or acrylic on paper, her paintings are 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, her art works include artists’ books, papier-mache, collage and assemblage.

Her paintings have been exhibited at the Singapore Art Museum as well as the National Art Gallery, Malaysia. She has had solo exhibitions at the Substation, Maya, Mulan and Wetterling Teo Gallery, as well as group exhibitions at instinc, Telok Kurau Studios and Jendela Gallery at the Esplanade. In addition, her works have been auctioned by Larasati Auctioneers in Singapore.

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. Has received a Distinction in the Malaysian Art Competition, 2007 and selected for the Young Contemporaries 2006 in Malaysia.

A Malaysian based in Singapore, she has done artist residencies in Vermont USA, Iceland and Finland. Her paintings can be found in corporate and private collections in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Mexico, Germany and Sweden.