Valé Zakarauskas is an Australian practising artist in the Newcastle
Region, Completing a Bachelor of Arts Visual Arts degree in 1983, her printmaking journey began during her visual art studies where she majored in printmaking and became passionate about this medium.
Valé further develop her printmaking practise after joining the Newcastle Printmakers Workshop developing her unique style by combining a variety of mixed print-media into each print and artists' book.
She has exhibited for seventeen years primarily in Newcastle, exhibiting in group shows with the Newcastle Printmakers Workshop, as well as small group shows with other local artists. Collaborative exhibitions and print exchanges have been shown in Sydney and interstate. Valé was also named a finalist in the Gosford Art Prize 2014, and the Muswellbrook Open Art Prize 2013, works on paper sections.
With Valé's passion for printmaking she teaches printmaking at beginner and intermediate levels, introducing adults to the wonders of printmaking...primarily teaching collagraphy and linoprinting techniques.
In recent years I have embraced a variety of mixed print-media such as collagraphy, lino print, waterless lithography, solar plate and etching, often combining these techniques into one print. Incorporating multi plates into each work creates a unique style and often results in unique state prints rather than editions.
My inspiration is often drawn from nature. As such the imagery is organic in expression and representational. Printmaking offers many creative options which helps me to express these ideas. Although some planning is necessary when creating prints, often my prints evolve spontaneously by layering different plates in different print-media. In addition the love of colour makes for vibrant, colourful and textural prints or artists’ books.
Both my parents migrated to Australia from Lithuania and throughout my life was exposed to the traditional styles of folk art found there. My art reflects the simple medieval pagan symbols of Lithuanian culture combined with inspiration from nature. Recent trips to my parents' homeland inspired me to honour and integrate the strong Christian spirituality of its people through an organic, vibrant and colourful interplay of mixed print media featuring angels, crosses, churches, buildings and wood carvings.