Agneta Ekholm’s abstract paintings are built entirely from imagination and engagement with her technical process. Each pristine composition evolves on the canvas: no working drawings exist. The viewer is immersed in the luxurious ebb and flow of paint and mysterious forms which might be suggestive of radiological images, landscapes, light-play, water flow or movement. The paintings result from the exploration and discovery inherent in a technique honed over the last number of years. Her work is paradoxical, at first glance simple and immediate, while actually created over weeks and months. Working with fast-drying acrylic and water, Agneta uses a sponge to apply layer upon layer of shapes and gestures with solid pigment and transparent washes, while continually washing and rubbing sections away until the final image is built. It is an obsessive and fastidious process and the work travels a complex journey of twists and turns before the painting’s final incarnation is revealed.
Agneta was born in Helsinki, Finland where she undertook visual art training at the College of Fine Arts, Västra Nylands College and Swedish Art School of Nykarleby. In 1994 she received a grant from the Swedish Cultural Foundation for further research at RMIT in Melbourne where she completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours (Painting). Agneta has been a finalist in the Ravenswood Art Prize (2020, 2018), Muswellbrook Art Prize (2020) and the Calleen Art Award (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012). Her work is in collections including Artbank; Embassy of Finland, Australia; Google, San Francisco, USA; Goya Collection; Rydges Hotel Group; Scarpi Collection; Sony Music Corporation and Val Morgan Collection.