Elli Maanpää

Animated Painter

Elli Maanpää

HELENE20-Taidetukiprojekti

Elli Maanpää, Kuvaaja: Fabrik 2020
HELENE20-taidetukiprojekti tallentaa korona-aikaa taiteen avulla. Koronakevät on ollut ahdistava, jopa lamauttava. Se on silti tarjonnut myös inspiroivia mahdollisuuksia. Niistä yhtenä on Helsinki Hospitalin HELENE20-taidetukiprojekti.

TULEVAISUUDEN TAITEILIJAT

Kuusi nuorta taiteilijaa valittiin 114 hakijan joukosta HELENE20-projektiin. Minun lisäkseni taiteilijat ovat Emilio Mäkipää, Janne Jääskeläinen, Aura Latva-Somppi, Marika Schulze ja Alma Peltola.

Me teemme kesän aikana itsenäisesti taideteoksen yhteisen teeman pohjalta. Projektin järjestäjä Helsinki Hospital on sitoutunut ostamaan teokset.

HELENE20-taideprojekti taiteilijat, Kuvaaja: Fabrik 2020

HELENE20-taideprojektin taiteilijat, Kuvaaja: Fabrik 2020

Edustamme eri taiteenaloja monipuolisesti aina graffiteista klassiseen öljyvärimaalaukseen, keramiikasta kolmiulotteiseen tekemiseen. Oman teokseni suhteen suunnitelmani on maalata Scherfbeckin muotokuva kierrätetylle peilille. Näin maalaus muuttuu katsojan mukana. Katsojasta ja ympäristöstä tulee osa maalausta.

Jos haluat pysyä mukana työskentelyprosessini eri vaiheissa seuraa minua @ellimaanpaa Instagramissa tai Facebookissa.

TEEMA

Teemana on Helene Schjerfbeckin teos Omakuva, valoa ja varjoa, jonka hän maalasi 1945 vain vuosi ennen kuolemaansa. Pääsimme kohtaamaan teoksen kasvokkain Villa Gyllenbergissä.

Keskustelimme Schjerfbeckin seurassa taiteen merkityksestä elämäämme. Siitä miten taiteella on voima taittaa kipua – luoda valoa varjoihin. Katso video alta.

Yhteistyössä projektissa on Villa Gyllenberg, jonka kokoelmissa Helene Schjerfbeckin teoksia on tällä hetkellä 39 kappaletta. Inspiraationa toiminut omakuva on nähtävissä myös kesällä 2020, kun museo avaa ovensa 3.6.2020.

“Taistelemme varjoja vastaan valolla, kuten lapsena loukkaantunut ja koko elämänsä kivuista kärsinyt Helene Schjerfbeck teki. Aikamme taitelijoiden kivut ovat kuitenkin muualla, koronaviruksen viedessä heidän työmahdollisuutensa. Siksi käynnistimme tämän kokonaisuuden: kaikki taideprojektit eivät saa peruuntua, sillä poikkeuksellinen aika poikii varmasti uusia mestariteoksia,” Meeri Muikku – Helsinki Hospital toimitusjohtaja

NÄYTTELY

Taideprojektin valmiit teokset kootaan yhteiseen taidenäyttelyyn elo-syyskuussa 2020. Näyttely tullaan toteuttamaan virtuaalisesta ja mahdollisuuksien mukaan myös fyysisesti. Kerron näyttelystä enemmän lähempänä ajankohtana.

Kiitos Helsinki Hospital, Villa Gyllenberg ja Fabrik tästä inspiroivasta mahdollisuudesta.
Projektista lisää projektin nettisivuilla. Katso myös koko pressitiedote täällä.
HELENE20, Fabrik 2020

HELENE20, Fabrik 2020

BRIEFLY IN ENGLISH

Six young visual artist were selected to the Helsinki Hospital’s HELENE20 Art Project. The selected artist are Emilio Mäkipää, Janne Jääskeläinen, Aura Latva-Somppi, Marika Schulze, Alma Peltola and me Elli Maanpää.

We are invited to be inspired by Helene Schjerfbeck’s self portrait from 1945 and to create our own art piece from the theme “shadow and light”. In the end of this summer there will be an exhibition and auction of the art works we create. The profit will given to charity.

Painting Portfolio Update

Contemporary Painting Portfolio Update, Elli Maanpää. 2020

I UPDATED MY PAINTING PORTFOLIO

I added lots of NEW ART from 2020 and 2019 to my painting portfolio.

I’ve been quite productive especially with painting on recycled stuff and portraits. I’ve been painting on dia slides, wine corks, coins and much more. Also the portrait painting is something I’ve enjoyed a lot recently. One impressive art project is coming up soon. More about that later.

On the digital art side I’ve had the privilege to work with new electronic band Pihka Is My Name. I created a concept art for them. I’m also directing a 2D animated music video for them. Also my Children’s Book “Varis joka halusi olla satakieli” will be published in the Autumn.

If you want to follow my art process more I invite you to follow me in Instagram or Facebook. Thank you for your support. Have a great week.
Pihka Is My Name concept art by Elli Maanpää 2020

Pihka Is My Name concept art, Digital painting by Elli Maanpää 2018

Tove And Tuuti

Elli Maanpää: Laughing Tove, Acrylic paint on cotton canvas pad, 21x 29,7cm, 2020

TOVE AND TUUTI

Elli Maanpää 2020 // 2 acrylic paintings on cotton canvas pad

After I painted the first Tove Jansson I got requests to make another one. This time she was hoped to be accompanied by her life partner Tuulikki Pietilä. Tove and Tuuti were both artists. Their atelier apartments were in neighbour buildings in Ullanlinna Helsinki joined by a secret attic hallway. I finished these two paintings just in time to wish happy International Family Equality Day on May 3rd 2020. 

There will be limited edition of art prints available soon of these paintings. They are 30cm x 40cm and 45€ (+postal cost). Send me an email elli (at) maanpaa.com if you want reserve one in advance.

Party Animals

Elli Maanpää: Party Animal 3, Acrylic paint on sparkling wine bottle cork, 23x28cm, 2020

PARTY ANIMALS

Elli Maanpää 2020 // 3 acrylic paintings on sparkling wine corks

I do like sparkling wine but I did not drink the wine these corks accompanied. I got these corks (there’s still about 300 left) from a friend of mine who worked in the cafe of the Helsinki City Theatre. I’d like to make more of them and then organize a “Party Animals” exhibition in a bar or wine cafe. Most of these animals I painted from my imagination.

EXHIBITIONS

  • 18.-23.2.2020, Galleria Albert IX, Helsinki

Memories From My E-Travels

MEMORIES FROM MY E-TRAVELS

Elli Maanpää 2020 // 9 acrylic paintings on recycled dia slides

I love travelling in IRL (in real life) but the price the Earth has to pay for it is too high. In this painting series I wanted to offer an alternative way to travel. We can still be inspired by exotic places.

These paintings are inspired by the landscapes I saw in the Google Maps street view. They are painted on recycled dia slides. I asked from my Instagram followers to give me their dream travel locations. The best part is: you can travel to these places too.

This is the new digital plain air. The type of traveling you can do even during quarantine.

HOW TO TRAVEL?

1st – Click the name of the travel destinations. It takes you to Google Maps. 2nd – Drag the icon – little yellow man – from the lower right corner to the map. 3rd – Look around. ⁠

1.) Tylypahka – Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: * 9PHP+XX Klaukkala, Nurmijärvi⁠

* When I Googled Hogwarts for the first time it took me to my surprise to this place in Nurmijärvi Finland. Now it seems Google has updated the link and the veil of mystery has once upon be set on where Hogwarts is REALLY located.

2.) Giant’s Causeway: 6FRQ+89 Bushmills, United Kingdom⁠

3.) Parco dei Mostri: F6RX+M2 Bomarzo, Province of Viterbo, Italy⁠

4.) The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum: H52X+FQ Key West, Florida, United States⁠

5.) Pakasaivo: JQ9R+2Q Pakajärvi, Muonio⁠

6.) Dino Parque Lourinhã: 7PH4+9M Lourinhã, Portugal⁠

7.) Acciaroli: 52HF+GR Pollica, Province of Salerno, Italy⁠

8.) Ithaa Undersea Restaurant: JP8F+6H Mandhoo, Maldives⁠

9.) Takeshita Street: MPC3+GM Tokyo, Japan ⁠

EXHIBITIONS

  • 18.-23.2.2020, Pinnan yli, Galleria Albert IX, Helsinki

Loop: The Bipolarity of Creativity

Elli Maanpää: Loop: The Bipolarity of Creativity, Acrylic paint on 4 canvases, 4x30x40cm, 2020

LOOP: THE BIPOLARITY OF CREATIVITY

Elli Maanpää 2020 // Acrylic painting on 4 canvases

I studied visually the bipolar nature of creative life. Before deadline – which can be an art exhibition or film festival for example – the days are quite manic. Working long hours while being overly excited.

Then after the event comes the sadness. Farewells. Even if everything would go like dream it’s still not enough. Since it is done and cannot be done again. I usually catch a cold when I’m over something big. I’ve heard from more seasoned artist that these circles of excitement and doubt follow each other to eternity.

It’s never really about creating the BEST thing. It’s about creating the NEXT thing. Before next the body and mind needs to rest.

EXHIBITIONS

  • 18.-23.2.2020, Galleria Albert IX, Helsinki
Elli Maanpää: Loop: The Bipolarity of Creativity, Acrylic paint on 4 canvases, 4x30x40cm, 2020

Elli Maanpää: Loop: The Bipolarity of Creativity, Acrylic paint on 4 canvases, 4x30x40cm, 2020

Objects Reimagined

Elli Maanpää: Spiky Power, Acrylic paint on wooden fork and recycled frame, 27x36cm, 2020

OBJECTS REIMAGINED

Elli Maanpää 2020 // Acrylic paintings on stuff

I’ve collected these treasures from recycling bins all over Helsinki. These little canvases are both inspirational, ecological and budget friendly. That plexiglass on “Behind the Window” I dumpster dived on the day the Museum of Finnish Architecture was moving to a new location. I painted the bird on the other side of the glass so it had to be painted on opposite order: from details to the whole. The glass jar in “Think Outside the Jar” and “Holy Freedom” was used for mixing paints before it turned into an art work.

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“Butterfly Beneficiary” is painted on a wooden sailor teddy bear photograph frame. The painting is based on a saying that I heard when I was living in Malaysia 2009. Someone told me that when a butterfly landed on my nose that it meant I was lucky and I was gonna get married. I was glad about the luck but I wasn’t so excited about the marriage. “I’m not sure yet” I wanted to tell the butterfly “Don’t make me your beneficiary“.

In old days marriage was a way for women to break free from their parents care. To become women instead of a child in the eye of society. In modern day – in Western world like Finland – it’s not the case. There’s the whole world to experience as an individual. None of which needs a marriage. There’s nothing wrong with husbands and wives – especially the nice kind that make you good coffee in the mornings. But butterfly: Don’t bless women with marriage. Bless them with wisdom, fortune and good health.

EXHIBITIONS

  • 18.-23.2.2020, Pinnan Yli, Galleria Albert IX, Helsinki

Beyond The Horizon

Elli Maanpää: Beyond the Horizon, Acrylic paint on recycled canvas, 100x150cm, 2020

BEYOND THE HORIZON

Elli Maanpää 2020 // 4 acrylic paintings on 100x150cm canvas

Eco-anxiety about traveling and clothing industry made it’s way to my portrait paintings. In “Couch Surfing” and “After all, tomorrow is another day” portraits I used blind contour technique in the faces. Blind contour means drawing directly from reference without looking at the paper where you’re drawing. In the result the facial structure gets nice exaggerations.

Two of these paintings are painted over older paintings. Underneath the “Beyond the Horizon” painting is a portrait of an old sad man with flowers. The paintings is based on a 30 second “morning doodle” I’ve done 2016.

EXHIBITIONS

  • 18.-23.2.2020, Pinnan Yli, Galleria Albert IX, Helsinki
Elli Maanpää: Couch Surfing, Acrylic paint on canvas, 100x150cm, 2020

Elli Maanpää: Couch Surfing, Acrylic paint on canvas, 100x150cm, 2020

Elli Maanpää: To Fly Or Not to Fly?, Acrylic paint on recycled canvas, 100x150cm, 2020

Elli Maanpää: To Fly Or Not to Fly?, Acrylic paint on recycled canvas, 100x150cm, 2020

Elli Maanpää: After all, tomorrow is another day - Alice In Wonderland, Acrylic paint on canvas, 100x150cm, 2020

Elli Maanpää: After all, tomorrow is another day – Alice In Wonderland, Acrylic paint on canvas, 100x150cm, 2020

Elli Maanpää: Beyond the Horizon, Acrylic paint on recycled canvas, 100x150cm, 2020

Elli Maanpää: Beyond the Horizon, Acrylic paint on recycled canvas, 100x150cm, 2020

World Anew

Elli Maanpää: There’s Not Such Thing As Free Bucket, Acrylic paint on wooden board, 30x30cm, 2020

WORLD ANEW

Elli Maanpää 2020 // 3 acrylic paintings on board

With these paintings my aim was to invite people to see the world anew. Dog ball can be the size of the Moon. Maid IS the meadow. Playing with the point of view is something that is often done in 2D animation.

Finland has a history with free buckets. So I made my own “free bucket” to give away from the exhibition Pinnan yli. The painting also comments on the fact that no bucket is free for real. They need nature resources and energy to make. Afterwards they take storage in our home. Before I run to line up for the next free bucket I’m going to ask myself: “Is it really something I NEED if I only want it for FREE?”

I used dried painting scraps from my painting palette in the “There’s Not Such Thing As Free Bucket” and “In The Meadow” -paintings.

EXHIBITIONS

  • 18.-23.2.2020, Pinnan Yli, Galleria Albert IX, Helsinki

Art Show Open

Elli Maanpää - Pinnan yli - art exhibition in Galleria Albert IX (Albertinkatu 9) in Helsinki 18.-23.2.2020

My Art Show Pinnan Yli || Beyond the Surface is now open.

It’s in Gallery Albert IX in (Albertinkatu 9) in Helsinki until Sunday the 23rd of February 2020. The gallery is open until 7pm today and tomorrow, on Saturday from noon to 5pm and on Sunday 11am to 2pm. Check out the details from the facebook event.

Elli Maanpää - Pinnan yli - art exhibition in Galleria Albert IX (Albertinkatu 9) in Helsinki 18.-23.2.2020

Elli Maanpää – Pinnan yli – art exhibition in Galleria Albert IX (Albertinkatu 9) in Helsinki 18.-23.2.2020

The opening night was spectacular. Thank you for everyone who came on Tuesday the 18th of February and celebrated the night with me. Here’s some photographs from the event taken by Mr. Kuula.

Elli Maanpää - Pinnan yli - art exhibition in Galleria Albert IX (Albertinkatu 9) in Helsinki 18.-23.2.2020

Elli Maanpää – Pinnan yli – art exhibition in Galleria Albert IX (Albertinkatu 9) in Helsinki 18.-23.2.2020

The painting below “There’s not such thing as ilmainen ämpäri” 2020 will be owned by one lucky exhibition visitor. Welcome to take part in the lottery by visiting the exhibition.

Elli Maanpää: There's not such thing as a ilmainen ämpäri, painting scraps and acrylic on board, 30x30cm, 2020

Elli Maanpää: There’s not such thing as a ilmainen ämpäri, painting scraps and acrylic on board, 30x30cm, 2020