About Selva

Selva is a Melbourne-based self-taught artist who uses shapes, colours, and lines to make contemporary abstract paintings. He employs a naive untutored approach when creating the artworks.


Originally from Malaysia, Selva left his chosen profession for the love of making art. The colourful and playful paintings are intended to speak to the inner child in the audience.

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Artist Selva Veeriah’s profile pic. He is wearing a grey beanie, dark denim jacket, big trendy glasses, and sporting a lovely smile.

Art Studio

Artist Selva Veeriah’s studio. A wide view of the room with abstract paintings, studio equipment, co
SV Quote: “Colour, shape, and line have a soft language. Only a quiet mind can hear their whispers.”
Artist Selva Veeriah is standing next to painting S253 in the studio gallery. He is smiling and maki
Artist Selva Veeriah in his studio. He is dressed in a beanie and fleece jacket. In the background a
SV Quote: “What meets the eye is form. What speaks to the heart is formless.”
The reception area at Artists’ Studio 106 (St Kilda) with doors leading to the main gallery space. T
The corridor at Artists’ Studio 106 (St Kilda) with studio rooms located on either side. There are a
SV Quote: “Naivety is the root of creativity; it’s the unbridled form of all artistic expressions.”
The main gallery at Artists’ Studio 106 (St Kilda). There is an exhibition of residents’ sculptures




My art practice comprises artworks and introspection. The two make up an inward journey towards self-discovery. The artwork is the creative outlet for what is inside me that cannot be described in words. The contemplations (which are put into words) express my innermost thoughts, observations, and realisation about my own existence.


The question at the heart of my journey: 'Am I nothing?' without the body, mind, and emotions. If not, 'Who am I?'  

Inspiration to create comes from thoughts, feelings, or observation. I follow intuitive prompting and lay down what comes to mind without much analysis. I employ simple shapes, purposeful colours, and lyrical lines to create paintings intended to reach the inner child in the audience and arouse these oft-dormant qualities: curiosity, imagination, and playfulness. 

My work combines modern and contemporary art with a subtle evocation of Suprematism, Bauhaus, De Stijl, and Surrealism. I am influenced by painters like Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and Joan Miro, and artists like Cy Twombly. They use musings, poems, mythology, and existential philosophy as a conceptual foundation for their abstract art.


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Southeast Asian Textile, Australian Aboriginal Art, Abstract Expressionism, Cubism, Bauhaus, Surrealism.

Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miro, Kazimir Malevich, Hilma Klimt  


Solo, Artists Studio 106

Group, Artists Studio 106

Group, Space2B

Solo, Art @ St Francis

Solo, Bird's Gallery

Group, Brunswick Street Gallery

Group, No Vacancy Gallery

Warranwood Art Show 

Art Lounge, Cambridge Studio Gallery

Group, Studio 2, Northcote Town Hall

Solo, Brightspace Gallery

Group, Melbourne Exhibiting Artists

Parallax (13) Art Fair, London
Solo, Bird's Gallery
Vogue Apartments @ South Yarra
Society Apartments @ South Yarra
Group, Gallery #9 




Bluethumb (Australia) – Featured Artist

Contemporary Art Book (GAA - UK) Vol II

Artfinder (London) – 'Art of the Day' 

Artfinder (London) – Featured Artist 



'Lawyer's First Love' (Melbourne)
'From Legal to Semi-Abstract Realm' (Malaysia)


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Acrylic painting S266. Colourful and playful abstract. Circles, triangles, and rectangles. Dominant colours are pastel pink, yellow, and blue.
Acrylic painting S272. Colourful and playful abstract. Organic shapes, squares, and lines. Dominant colours are pastel yellow, light blue and red.
Acrylic painting S268. Colourful and playful abstract. Organic/geometric shapes, and fluid lines. Dominant colours are turquois, pastel yellow, and orange.

Q & A

Are you a full-time artist? 

I am committed to making art full-time. At the moment, I engage in casual employment to make ends meet. 

What is your background?

I was born in Penang, Malaysia. I am a second-generation Malaysian of South Indian heritage. My mother tongue is Tamil. I received primary and secondary education in a government-run school in the national language, Malay. I was taught English as a subject in school; it's my third language. 

I completed year 12 in Australia with a Victorian High School Certificate under an international student exchange programme. I obtained a bachelor's degree and professional qualifications in the United Kingdom. I lived and worked in Kuala Lumpur before moving to Melbourne in 2005. I continued practising in the same field for several years.

When did you start your art career?

I've always been creative and dabbled in making art throughout my life. As a teenager, I was keen on pursuing a fine art degree, but family obligations took me differently. In 2013, I threw caution to the wind and gave up my chosen profession to go on an inward journey of self-discovery and follow my dream of making art for a living. 

Have you had any formal art training?

I am primarily a self-taught artist. I have had a modest amount of instruction during a short course at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne.

Why do you make this type of ​art?

The artworks are an integral part of my self-expression. Each piece captures a moment in time along the journey.


What inspires you to paint?


Mostly, inspiration comes from within. Sometimes, I am moved by artful images or interesting works by other artists.

What would you like to say to your audience?

The artworks are intended to speak to the inner child in the audience. I would be pleased if those who come into contact with my work took a little time to contemplate these three questions without over-analysing:  'Does this art engage my attention?'; 'What do I see?'; 'How do I feel?'

What art do you most identify with?

I love all forms of artistic expression. I like some artworks for their aesthetics and others for their imaginative or intellectual content. Artwork could be realistic or abstract; it's not the genre or level of skill but how the drawing, painting, sculpture, or conceptual work speaks to me that matters.

What is your attitude towards creativity in society?

Art is creativity in its purest form. Creativity is woven into everything that we see, hear and do. By making time for art, one can find relief from the monotony of everyday life and seek balance in a world driven by an insatiable desire for more. 

How do you name the artworks?

The artworks are untitled. They are sequentially numbered, for example,  S261/2018 and S262/2018.

Why don't you give the artwork a title?

Art lovers view artworks through the artist's lens; names and titles often influence them. By abstaining from descriptions, I allow my audience to have a subjective visceral experience.

What is the purpose of repetition in your work?

In my work, repetition represents theme, rhythm, and movement in random juxtapositions of shapes, colours, and lines. Some artists might find repetition challenging because they consider it uninspiring and dull. However, I believe that it's not possible to explore the furthest depth of one's creativity without keeping your focus in one direction.

What’s integral to the work of an emerging artist?

I believe it's consistency. Artists who consistently produce artworks that exhibit focus, personal voice, and aesthetic sensibility show a strong commitment to their practice; they have the potential to gain a devoted following and pique the interest of serious collectors.

What’s your favourite memory of childhood?

I grew up in a small town (Taiping, Perak) in Malaysia known for its natural surroundings: tropical jungle, hills, rivers, waterfalls, and lakes. We lived in a working-class neighbourhood where most parents could hardly make ends meet, so children were left to their own devices for fun and entertainment. My fondest childhood memories are mainly of time spent outdoors playing and having adventures. Those close to me know I am still a fun-loving, playful, and mischievous kid. 

How has your lifestyle changed since you began this journey?

My lifestyle has not changed much. I enjoy what others enjoy, but my wants and needs have reduced substantially. That said, I do not have a dull and restrictive lifestyle. On the contrary, the journey has gradually renewed my sense of liberation and playfulness. The need for control diminishes as I allow things to unfold without much interference. I attend to the ebb and flow of life experiences by being myself and responding naturally to people, events, and circumstances as they are.

What's your take on peace and happiness?

I believe the degree to which someone is at peace and happy corresponds directly with the depth of their understanding in regard to the following: 

  • Nature of our inner essence

  • Cycle of existence and non-existence

  • Subjectivity of individual experiences

  • Role of attention in creating polarities 

  • Benefits of allowing and non-interference 

What does being an artist mean to you?

Being an artist is experiencing inner peace, joy, and contentment through creativity and self-expression.

What are your aspirations and goals?

As an artist, I hope to produce and exhibit new works consistently.