The story so far
Valerie Khoo is an artist, designer and writer based in Sydney, Australia. Her work combines elements of painting, printmaking and design. This imagery is underpinned by her passion for storytelling and every piece is inspired by characters, dialogue and tension.
Central to this idea is a sense of place and Valerie’s original artworks and design collections are typically anchored to specific places. Recent works are reflected in places like The Hamptons, the Riviera and the Australian coast.
Known for her combination of painting and printmaking techniques, Valerie has also created a public art sculptural installation commissioned by the City of Sydney.
Her designs have been licensed for wallpaper, upholstery, fabric, greeting cards, wall art and a wide range of lifestyle products. Valerie is also a writer and educator for creatives. She is committed to helping people build thriving careers from their creative pursuits.
On her creative process:
"I create artworks that all have a story behind them and are inspired by beaches, nature and the world around me. These stories are typically centred around positive human experiences and emotions, so they become a daily reminder to the viewer of the joy, passion and abundance that surround us.
"I also often use a combination of painting and printmaking techniques in a unique combination of elements that create the final artwork. I paint mainly in acrylics and draw a lot of inspiration from nature and the world around me. The printmaking typically involves linocut, woodblock printing or monoprinting.
"I am also fortunate to have a large garden which includes expansive rock formations so my work often incorporates botanical elements and the use of natural textures directly from the garden.
"With a passion for printmaking, I’ve always been fascinated by the marks made from this process, whether it’s the definitive imprint of a typewriter, the organic impression left by the complex pattern in a leaf or the precision of woodblock printing. I use different printmaking techniques based on what I want to achieve with each artwork."