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Artist Profiles » Valerie Beale

Valerie BealeFor Valerie art is a lifetime commitment. She attended some art classes in the early years however Valerie describe herself as a self taught artist, and has painted full time professionally for the past 20 years .

”Over the years I have learnt to interpret something seen, remembered or imagined; a slight gesture or pose may be the inspiration for a painting. My art philosophy involves challenging myself, developing ideas & experimenting working mainly with acrylics. I choose to paint ordinary people, women, the Matriarchs of the Pacific expressing their gentle dignity and serenity.

I have been inspired by my extended Samoan family and many visits to the Islands and I believe that if I have achieved my goal as a painter the viewer will feel an emotional attachment to my subjects and the work will become a source of inspiration in their lives.”

Tivaevae and Tapa cloths are depicted in many of Valerie’s paintings to represent friendship and sharing. Tivaevae are traditionally made by a group of women and given as gifts of love and friendship. Tapa cloths are made by family and community to mark occasions of importance. “The tapa & tivaevae are part of the women’s creativity and I feel love for every stitch that goes into the making of the Tivaevae.”

Valerie’s paintings reflect the women's surroundings and usually employ designs of flowers, leaves, birds, fish, insects and food.

“I feel humbled that I get to create an image of the women and there is a tipping point when I'm painting the faces they take on personality and life of their own its then I feel the connection to the women like I know them.”

In June 2006 Valerie had her first solo exhibition 'Destination Pasifika' at Art of this World. Following on the success of this exhibition came 'Matriarchs of the Pacific' in May, 2008.

Valerie’s work is held in many collections both in New Zealand and Internationally.

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