Val Landa is a painter and ceramist, and was born 1940, Sydney. She has been painting and drawing since the early 1960s. She has a love of colour, loves to draw the nude and often will place a figure in an imaginary landscape. She especially loves Portraits of people and specializes in dogs. She accepts commissions of all kinds.
Val is represented in private collections in the USA, UK Hong Kong and across Australia, has exhibited in numerous mixed and group shows in private galleries, and has exhibited at the New York Art Expo International in February 2003.
1960-66 Studied with Stanislaw Rapotec
1961- 1984 the Royal Art Society (portraiture),
1960 – 1966 East Sydney Tech. College (now the National Art School),
1970s – member of a life drawing group at Hunter’s Hill which included Nora Heyson, Franklin Bennett and other well-known artists.
1980s – studied Sculpture for three years with Jean Broome-Norton.
1988 – Art Diploma
1989 – Assoc. Diploma majoring in painting.
1992 she studied at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School, USA.
2005 finalist- the Shirley Hannan Prize for Portraiture
2002 – the Vista Blue Gallery, North Sydney.
2002- “Artists from the Hill” Hunters Hill.
2002-2014 – Portrait Artists Australia annual exhibitions. Including Washington DC in 2005 and 2014.
finalist the Hunters Hill Art Exhibition
finalist – the Waverley Art Exhibition
Over the years Val has taken part in numerous exhibitions and group shows, particularly with the Willoughby Portrait group.
October 1996, Australian Artist Magazine published an extensive article about her painting methods and featured many of her paintings.
2001 – painting and drawing workshop in Adelaide conducted by the Dean of the New York Studio School, New York.
She also won 2nd prize in the Rural Landscape section at the Royal Easter Show. She won 1st Prize at the Inaugural Art Exhibition at Woollahra School, Sydney.
2002 the Lane Cove Art Society Prize.
2003 she received a VHC Award in the Art of Sydney Exhibition.
1st Prize for drawing and 1st Prize for Landscape in the Royal Canberra Art Show,
2005 – the Drummoyne Art Society ‘Joshua Smith Best in Show Prize’, the ‘Modern Painting Prize’ and a ‘Commended’ for Landscape..
2004 – 1st Prize in the Royal Canberra Show (Modern Painting) and 3rd Prize for Still Life.
Highly commended Drummoyne Prize – drawing section.
Highly commended in the Fishers Ghost Award, Campbelltown
2nd prize for Drawing in the Kurringgai Annual Art Prize.
2nd prize in the Rural Landscape section at the Royal Easter Show.
1st Prize at the Inaugural Art Exhibition at Woollahra School, Sydney.