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Tim Cahill’s portrait for Jeans for Genes

What happens when you’re commissioned to paint a portrait of Australia’s most famous footballer – then COVID-19 hits?! And it’s impossible to arrange a sitting even for a brief period? How do you do justice to an artwork like this? That’s the predicament I found myself in recently.  Painting during a pandemic already has its...
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Begin living the life you’ve always imagined

Begin living the life you’ve always imagined. When I first saw that written down, it hit me like a tonne of bricks. I realised that so many of us – myself included – spend so much of our lives wishing for a different one. There’s nothing wrong with that because chances are that you have...
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Who do these jeans belong to – and why am I holding them?

Why am I holding this pair of jeans? And who in the world do they belong to? They are part of a commission I’m working on to paint a portrait of legendary former professional footballer Tim Cahill, who is the all-time leading goalscorer for Australia. In addition to the Socceroos, he’s played for Millwall, Everton,...
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‘This is what I want you to know’

I’m grateful to Business Chicks for featuring me in their special feature ‘This is what I want you to know’ in a recent issue of Latte magazine. It featured advice from a handful of women and I was humbled to be included. In case you didn’t get a copy, here’s what I mentioned in the...
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My latest portfolio

My latest surface design portfolio takes you to a number of destinations that evoke a sense of glamorous wanderlust. It features four new collections in two colourways each: Palm Springs Perfection Florida Glamour Waikiki Dreaming Hampton’s Weekend Click on the images below to view the portfolio.   By Valerie Khoo
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5 seconds that could change your life

I’m currently reading a book called The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. And it’s essentially about the importance of taking action as soon as you have the instinct to do so. The basic philosophy is, “If you have an instinct to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your...
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The Rooster: public art by Valerie Khoo

THE ROOSTER The Rooster is a five-metre public art installation designed by artist Valerie Khoo and commissioned by the City of Sydney for the Sydney Lunar Festival. Gracing the shores of Sydney Harbour at its iconic location by the Sydney Opera House, it is set against a dramatic background of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The...
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‘Beyond the Screen’ solo exhibition: full catalog

It’s been a privilege to have a solo exhibition in Sydney. ‘Beyond the Screen’ is my  exploration into the screens that act as facades and shields in our lives. These screens can evoke a sense of mystery, or prevent the world from seeing who we really are.  This series looks at what is beyond those...
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You’re invited to my solo exhibition!

I’m both excited and nervous about my first solo exhibition and would love to invite you to the opening night!  When: Tuesday 3 March 2020 from 6pm to 8pm Where: ArtSHINE @ Darling Square Community Branch of Bendigo Bank Corner of Harbour and Littler Pier Streets, Haymarket A lot of blood, sweat and tears has...
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‘The biggest Sydney Lunar Festival ever’

Thanks to everyone who came to the Sydney Lunar Festival in 2020. This incredible event is produced by the City of Sydney and celebrates the arts and culture associated with Lunar New Year. This time-lapse video shows some of the spectacular Lunar Lanterns, an open-air public art exhibition that featured 12 sculptures lining the foreshores...
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How to create and be commissioned for public art projects

Artists have opportunities to create and be commissioned for public art projects. But how does this happen? And where do you start? I’ll be talking to talented artists Claudia Chan Shaw, Nancy Liang and Fiona Lu on this topic. Together, we have all created public art projects in this year’s Sydney Lunar Festival for the...
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Represented at Surtex in New York

It’s been my dream to be represented at Surtex in NYC (the world’s biggest art licensing event) and it’s finally happened. This is the result of my wonderful agents at Artshine Licensing. Led by dynamic duo Vinh Van Lam and Stuart Horrex, they are at the Javits Center NYC from 2 to 5 February 2020....
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‘Harmony’ group exhibition at Artshine February 2020

I’m honoured to be included in this group exhibition at Artshine in February 2020. It includes some wonderful artists who I have admired for years. I’ve followed – and been inspired by – some of these talented artists for some time, so it’s truly a “pinch me” moment to be in a show with them!...
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The Enchanted Orchid cushion series – now available!

I’m sooooooo excited to launch my new collection of cushions from The Enchanted Orchid series. There’s nothing like a set of gorgeous cushions to provide just the right accent for a space. And I’ve designed these to bring a pop of colour to your home or office.  They are created in bold colours and will...
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3 creative tools inspiring me right now

When I come across great tools/resources, I love sharing them in case you might find them useful, interesting or even game-changing. So here are my latest three! 1. Learn a new language with your own tutor at Italki.com There’s nothing like learning a new language to stretch your creative muscles. So I am completely obsessed...
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Article in Latte magazine published by Business Chicks

Huge thanks to Business Chicks for this article in Latte magazine.   Click on the image below to read the article   By Valerie Khoo
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