Elli Maanpää

Animated Painter

Elli Maanpää

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

Pinnan yli -Taidenäyttely Art Exhibition Helsinki 18.-23.2.2020

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

Elli Maanpää

PINNAN YLI 

19.-23.2.2020
Ke-Pe 11-19, La 12-17, Su 11-14
Avajaiset ti 18.2. klo 17-19. Tervetuloa!

Galleria Albert IX, Albertinkatu 9, Helsinki

Tervetuloa hiihtolomaviikolla hiilineutraalille mielikuvitusmatkalle Helsingin Punavuoreen.

Helmikuussa Galleria Albert IX:n valloittaa Elli Maanpään värikkäät akryylimaalaukset. Ympäristöahdistus yhdistyy leikkimieliseen arjen nyrjäyttämiseen. Maalauspohjina toimivat muun muassa kierrätetyt diakuvat. Näyttelyn kruunaa kolme täydennettyä taulua. Ne avautuvat animaatioiksi AR-sovelluksen avulla.

Elli Maanpää (s.1985 Turku) on valmistunut Taiteen maisteriksi Aalto-yliopiston Taiteen laitokselta. Hänellä on alempi korkeakoulututkinto animaatiosta Turun Taideakatemiasta ja vaatesuunnittelusta Aalto-yliopistosta.

Lisää tietoa -> fb-tapahtumassa

Elli Maanpää “E-matkadiat: Pakasaivo (JQ9R+2Q)” akryyli dialle 2020

Elli Maanpää “E-matkadiat: Pakasaivo (JQ9R+2Q)” akryyli dialle 2020

Elli Maanpää

BEYOND THE SURFACE 

19.-23.2.2020
Wed-Fri 11-19, Sat 12-17, Sun 11-14
Opening Tue 18.2. 17-19. Welcome!

Galleria Albert IX, Albertinkatu 9, Helsinki

Welcome to take part in the imaginary carbon free travel in Helsinki Punavuori in February.

In February the Gallery Albert IX is filled with Elli Maanpää’s colourful acrylic paintings. She is channeling her environmental anxiety with playful ways of bending the ordinary. For example she is re-using old dia slides for painting canvases. The cherry on the top is the three Augmented paintings that open as animations with the AR-app.

Elli Maanpää (b.1985 Turku) has M.A. in Visual Culture from Aalto University. She has graduated B.A. in animation from Turku Arts Academy and and in fashion design from Aalto University.

More information about the exhibition -> fb-event

Elli Maanpään täydennetyt taulut Turun Animaatiofestivaaleilla 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography

Elli Maanpään täydennetyt taulut Turun Animaatiofestivaaleilla 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography

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

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

Portrait of Tove Jansson

Elli Maanpää: Tove Jansson, acrylic on cardboard, 21x30cm, 2019

PORTRAIT OF TOVE JANSSON

Elli Maanpää 2019 // Acrylic on cardboard

I painted a portrait of my art idol and a national hero: Tove Jansson. She was a Finnish fine artist, painter, writer, comic artist and much much more. True creative jack of all trades. She has enlighten the world with her creative storytelling.

To celebrate the first thousand friends in Instagram I organised a giveaway of this painting in my account in October 2019. I used this public domain photograph as the reference.

Elli Maanpää: Tove Jansson, acrylic on cardboard, 21x30cm, 2019

Elli Maanpää: Tove Jansson, acrylic on cardboard, 21x30cm, 2019

Gardeners

Elli Maanpää: Gardener Contemplating, acrylic on cardboard, 20x20cm, 2019

GARDENERS

Elli Maanpää 2019 // Acrylic on canvas

In summer I was inspired by the nature’s ability to take care of itself: self-gardening. The plants turn their faces to the sun to absorb energy and when it rains they drink until they drop.

These three paintings are called “Gardener Taking a Break”,  “Gardener Contemplating” and “Triumphant Gardener”. Size: 20cm x 20cm.

Upcoming Exhibition in Helsinki And Other December News

Elli Maanpää's Solo Exhibition in Gallery Albert IX in February 2020
December News: Upcoming exhibition in Helsinki, new painting studio and Art Tips Advent Calendar in Instagram.

UPCOMING EXHIBITION

I’m going to have solo show called “Beyond the Surface” in Galleria Albert IX in Helsinki. The dates were just confirmed to be from 18th to 23rd of February 2020. Welcome to the opening on the 18th of February from 5-7pm. My Augmented Paintings will be exhibited there but next to them lots of new acrylic paintings. I’m studying ways to bring time and story into a still painting without the technology.

Solo Exhibition in Gallery Albert IX in February 2020

Solo Exhibition in Gallery Albert IX in February 2020

NEW PAINTING STUDIO

I found a place in Helsinki where I can let my creative ideas flow onto a canvas. I’ve been working there already this week even though it’s a bit empty. This weekend we’ll move in rest of my painting stuff from Turku.

Having a studio for painting is pure happiness. My brushes are ready to apply new ideas onto canvas.

In new painting studio, Elli Maanpää 2019

In new painting studio, Elli Maanpää 2019

ADVENT CALENDAR

Also wanted to let you know that I’m keeping an Art Tips Advent Calendar in my Instagram account @ellimaanpaa this December. I’m sharing hacks I’ve learned along the way about painting, inspiration and artist life. You’re welcome to join.

Art Tips Advent Calendar - @ellimaanpaa in Instagram - Elli Maanpää 2019

Art Tips Advent Calendar – @ellimaanpaa in Instagram – Elli Maanpää 2019

This is probably the last post of 2019 so I want to thank you for your support this year and wish:

*** Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2020 ***

See you next year. With love, Elli

Turku Animated Film Festival Exhibition in Photographs

Augmented Paintings by Elli Maanpää in Turku Animated Film Festival 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography
Turku Animated Film Festival – TAFF 2019 ended yesterday. I loved being able to take part both in person and having my Augmented Paintings exhibited there.

The five festival days were packed with all sorts of animation art. I probably saw about 60 short animation films both fiction, documentaries and art installations. You can see the official winners here. Some of my favourite films were One Pair Coat by Yi Luo, Julia by Julian Gallese and all the films in the documentary screening.

Turku Animated Film Festival 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography

Turku Animated Film Festival 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography

AUGMENTED PAINTINGS in MANILLA

My Augmented Paintings were exhibited in the hallway of Manilla theatre. They were right in front of the movie theatre where the films were screened. The Augmented Painting -exhibition was also featured in the festival catalogue.

This was first exhibition where I left the paintings to be on their own. Occasionally did ran by the painting’s side with my iPad and Arilyn ready to show that there’s more to see than “just” the painting.

In the festival catalogue - Turku Animated Film Festival 2019

In the festival catalogue – Turku Animated Film Festival 2019

I was little worried that people wouldn’t take the time to download the app and scan the paintings on their own. Luckily I was proved wrong. I saw many photos of people looking at the animations with their phones by browsing through the photographs the official festival photographer Paavo Pykäläinen had taken.

Turku Animated Film Festival 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography

Turku Animated Film Festival 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography

OBSERVATION

This time I didn’t have a guestbook for collecting people’s comments. I just tried to collect them in my heart: like the lady in tears of affection saying that the painting of a fox reminds her about her son.

“These augmented art works are some of the best I’ve seen”

Also I got such remarkable statement from the regional artist Annika Dahlsten. She said that these augmented art works were some of the best she had seen so far. Dahlsten is both a visual artist and animator so she appreciated the fact that paintings do not only come alive but that the movement is nicely animated. That’s my strength. I can handcraft the details since I am both a painter and an animator.

Turku Animated Film Festival 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography

Turku Animated Film Festival 2019 @ Paavo Pykäläinen Photography

Thank you TAFF for inviting me to take part in the festival. Thank you everyone who visited the exhibition and the festival. It was a pleasure meeting you all. Thank you Pykäläinen for these photographs.

I will let you know when there is a next chance to see the Augmented Paintings in person by updating the Exhibition list. Until then.

Augmented Paintings in TAFF

Augmented Paintings in TAFF Turku Animated Film Festival @ Elli Maanpää 2019

Next week my Augmented Paintings and I will be attending the awesome TAFF – Turku Animated Film Festival

Here is the official festival 2019 trailer done by the talented Sanni Lahtinen for you to Enjoy. The festival starts on Wednesday the 21st and continues until Sunday 25th of August in Manilla Turku. See the whole programme here.

P.S. If you love these paintings and want to support me you can now purchase AR -art prints and regular art prints from my Etsy store Elli Maanpää Art. Thank you!

See you Turku!  Cheers, Elli

Augmented Painting in Summer Yard of the National Museum

Augmented Painting in Summer Yard of National Museum in Helsinki on Tuesday the 18th of June 2019 from 3-6pm
My Augmented Paintings goes to Summer Yard of the National Museum. The pop-up exhibition is on Tuesday the 18th of June at 3 pm to 6 pm in Helsinki. If you’re near Helsinki next week I welcome you to come experience the painted AR -magic. The event is free of charge.

You can download the free Arilyn app in advance to your mobile phone or tablet. I will be at the exhibition next to the paintings with my own iPad to borrow you if you run out of battery or dog eats your Arilyn app. More information about the event is in facebook. See you in Summer Yard of the National Museum next Tuesday.

Augmented Painting in Summer Yard of National Museum in Helsinki on Tuesday the 18th of June 2019 from 3-6pm

Augmented Painting in Summer Yard of National Museum in Helsinki on Tuesday the 18th of June 2019 from 3-6pm

“What is Summer Yard of the National Museum?

The National Museum’s Summer Yard was introduced as an event venue for the first time in 2015. For this summer, a pavilion will be erected in the lush and sheltered yard area, enabling the Summer Yard to serve as a full-fledged event venue.

The National Museum wishes to encourage and challenge people to form their own understandings of the ‘national’ by introducing a diverse range of content to the pavilion and the surrounding park. We hope to inspire as many people as possible to come up with ideas for the new building and interpret our national identity in a fresh way by contributing to the activities organised in the yard. Let’s paint with a broad brush together!”

Kuvitus: Saara Obele, kuva: Kansallismuseo

Kuvitus: Saara Obele, kuva: Kansallismuseo

Augmented Painting

Pää pilvissä, acrylic on canvas, 100x150cm // Augmented Painting, Elli Maanpää, 2019

AUGMENTED PAINTING

Augmented painting: Elli Maanpää 2019 // 3 paintings with 2D animation

Augmented painting combines acrylic painting with 2D animation trough augmented reality. They are inspired by Maanpää’s Finnish roots. Finnish idioms are famous for their pessimistic undertone. Like for example “Whoever is happy should hide it.”

Maybe it’s time to give the idioms a second viewpoint. What if being the “Painter of the skyline” wouldn’t mean a pointless dreamer but she who points out the beauty in our world.

This was my thesis project in Animation in Turku Arts Academy. For animation I used TVPaint and After Effects and for Augmented Reality I used Arilyn Manager. To see the paintings you must download the free Arilyn App from the App Store or Google Play.

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

  • 18.-23.2.2020 // 11AM-19PM // Galleria Albert IX, Helsinki, Finland

PAST EXHIBITIONS

PAINTINGS

Kel Onni on (English: Whoever is Happy) 38 x 46cm. Taivaanrannanmaalari (English: Painter of the Skyline) 60 x 73cm. Pää pilvissä (English: Head in the Clouds) 100 x 150cm. All acrylic on canvas. 2019

Augmented Paintings are now available to purchase as museum quality art prints for limited time in my Etsy shop Elli Maanpää Art.

Pää pilvissä, acrylic on canvas, 100x150cm // Augmented Painting, Elli Maanpää, 2019

Pää pilvissä, acrylic on canvas, 100x150cm // Augmented Painting, Elli Maanpää, 2019

Taivaanrannanmaalari, acrylic on canvas, 60x73cm // Augmented Painting, Elli Maanpää, 2019

Kel onni on, acrylic on canvas, 38x46cm // Augmented Painting, Elli Maanpää, 2019

Kel onni on, acrylic on canvas, 38x46cm // Augmented Painting, Elli Maanpää, 2019

Designing Augmented Reality

Stockmann Christmas Window 2018 // Designing Augmented Reality - Elli Maanpää 2019

Lately I’ve been designing Augmented Reality (AR) and it’s a kind of magic.

During three months at Finnish Augmented Reality firm Arilyn last Autumn I was part of creating AR for example Stockmann’s Christmas Window. Arilyn is one of the pioneers of Augmented Reality in Finland.

AR is as Google Dictionary puts it: “a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.” One of the most famous AR creations have been the game Pokemon Go – developed by Niantic. In the game youngsters ran around their neighbourhood to catch Pokemons with their phones.

Designing Augmented Reality - Elli Maanpää 2019

Stockmann Christmas Window 2018 // Designing Augmented Reality – Elli Maanpää 2019

DESIGNING TARGETS

My main focus at Arilyn was to master the art of targets. Target means the image that triggers the content it’s been attached to. Simply put: When you scan the image with the Arilyn App (it’s free) you open a door to video/animation/game on your phone or tablet. Since I’ve been a freelance illustrator for ten years I thought designing targets would be easy breezy. Put it’s not as simple as designing a pretty image. Target has to have enough cutting contrasts to be able to read well as a target. That means ongoing testing.

The biggest project I worked on in Arilyn was the Stockmann Christmas Adventure. I’m a Christmas enthusiast. So it was kind of a dream come true for me to create content for Stockmann’s Christmas window. The adventure started from the window and continued throughout the department store. I designed seven elf door targets to open with the Arilyn App. Inside them you could follow animated adventures of a flying squirrel Manteli (the name means Almond in English) and collect nuts to receive a small gift. Since video tells more than thousand words: here is a video made by Arilyn showcasing the Christmas Adventure 2018:

The adventure was in all of the Stockmann department stores in Helsinki, Turku, Tampere, Riga and Tallinn. Besides illustrating the targets I animated couple of the squirrel animations inside the rooms.

At the moment I’m continuing my journey with Augmented Reality. I’m creating my very own art project that combines acrylic paintings to drawn 2D animation. I’m so excited. More about it later. Inspire and be inspired.