Agneta Ekholm has been building a steady body of work since relocating from her native Finland to live and paint in Australia. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at The Swedish Art School of Nykarleby in Finland before moving to Melbourne and continuing her studies at RMIT. Since then she has exhibited regularly and in 2014 Agneta was a finalist in the Fleurieu Art prize, among others. A recent highlight was completing a large-scale commission for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Guangzhou, China. She is represented by Flinders Lane Gallery in Melbourne. “Art is about a need to express something,” she says. “And to find your unique way of expressing it.”

Which five words best describe you? Dedicated, aware, sensitive, passionate, witty... And I enjoy solitude.

How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? I knew I always wanted to do art; in my childhood I was surrounded by books and art. I was a fairly late bloomer, it happened naturally and suddenly. This is what I want to do and nothing else. I have kept going since then.

What's the best lesson you learnt along the way? To keep working through thick and thin. Stay focused. And stick to your guns.

What's your proudest career achievement? Working full time as an artist.

What's been your best decision? That I chose this career.

Who inspires you? Passionate visionary people who work hard to make the world a better place for humans and animals. Other artists and creative souls. 

What are you passionate about? My work, ideas, dreams, memories, the sea, music, books, good design, my dog, nature, storm clouds. The list goes on.

Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? My great grandmother’s sister who was a professional artist and lived in Paris. And I would also like to hang out 
with David Lynch.

What dream do you still want to fulfill? To have a studio with a sea view.

What are you reading? The Fall by Albert Camus.

images courtesy of agneta ekholm and flinders lane gallery

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