Original Silk Art
“When the dye has been contained in the right way I find myself feeling relief - a sense of achievement and control. I feel that if I can control something so uncontrollable, I can somehow also control my surroundings. It is like my outer world is reflected in my artwork"
Born in Hong Kong, Arale Vallely is a Chinese artist living in London Ontario, Canada where four seasons provide constant inspiration. Her artwork depicts various flowers and vegetables from her garden or nearby nurseries, and baked goods from her kitchen.
Arale’s childhood was spent making arts & crafts and playing music at school. To Arale, being able to express herself creatively is important. She found painting became a way of capturing her memories in life.
Arale is a self-taught silk artist. She came across silk painting in 2008 when she moved to Doha Qatar from Hong Kong. She was hooked by the bright bold colors and decided to train herself in this medium. Arale is constantly inspired by her surroundings. Her Arabic theme “Naina” series was popular in Doha Qatar among the locals and expats. She was invited to participate in an Art Symposium event at CNAQ in 2012, she was the only non-Arab artist among the 10 participants.
Living in Canada has given her a new focus of painting subjects, which inspires her through the colors and lights of nature. She enjoys painting almost every type of flower. Sometimes she paints vivid and vibrant patterns a little reminiscent of stained-glass. She loves to use a “macro zoom” approach to show the details of the stamen and petals to achieve hyperrealistic paintings on silk.
Since 2009, Arale has sought to share her knowledge and passion of silk art. She enjoys maintaining connections with her past students around the world, to help provide guidance and inspiration. She offers one to one and group classes to kids and adults.
Arale is keen to promote herself and silk art in London. She has been participating London Artists’ Studio Tour since she relocated, and enjoys sharing her art journey to encourage everyone to try this medium.