Elli Maanpää

Animated Painter

Siimes │ Acrylic Painting │ 50 x 50 cm │ 2021

Elli Maanpää: Siimes (Eng. In the Shade). Acrylic on canvas. 50cm x 50cm. 2021.

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SIIMES (Eng. In The Shade)

MATERIAL: Acrylic paint on canvas
SIZE: 50 cm x 50 cm
YEAR: 2021

Acrylic painting of a Mother Nature peeking from the shade of vegetation. “Siimes” is part of the Mother Nature And Other Boss Ladies -exhibition in Mesta Coworking in March-April 2021.

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Kasvutarina │ Acrylic Painting │ 30 x 40 cm │ 2021

Elli Maanpää: Kasvutarina. Acrylic on foam board. 30cm x 40cm. 2021.

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KASVUTARINA

MATERIAL: Acrylic paint on foam board
SIZE: 30 cm x 40 cm
YEAR: 2021

Acrylic painting of a hand holding and growing together with the flowers. “Kasvutarina” is part of the Mother Nature And Other Boss Ladies -exhibition in Mesta Coworking in March-April 2021.

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Yayoi Kusama │ Acrylic Painting │ 21 x 30 cm │ 2021

"Yayoi Kusama" Portrait. Elli Maanpää. Acrylic on canvas paper. 21 x 30 cm. 2021.

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PORTRAIT: YAYOI KUSAMA

MATERIAL: Acrylic on canvas paper
SIZE: 21cm x 30cm (A4)
YEAR: 2021

Original painting is AVAILABLE // ART PRINTS coming to my shop in 1st of April 2021

With just one polka dot, nothing can be achieved.
― Yayoi Kusama

YAYOI KUSAMA – THE ARTIST

Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) is a Japanese contemporary artist who works primarily in sculpture and installation but she is also active in painting, performance, film, fashion, poetry and other arts. Her trade mark is painting the word with polka dots.

Kusama was born in Japan but she moved to New York City in 1958 because she was fascinated about American Abstract impressionism. She was part of the NYC avant-garde art scene trough out the 1960s. She has been acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan.

My portrait painting of her is based on this (CC BY 4.0) photograph taken of her when she received the honour Person of Cultural Merit from the Order of Culture 2016.

YAYOI KUSAMA AND ME

I saw Yayoi Kusama’s retrospective exhibition “In Infinity” in Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 2016. Here’s a little video vlog from the visit. Like everyone who visited her “Infinity room” there was no turning back: I became a Kusama fan for life there and then.

Astrid Lindgren │ Acrylic Painting │ 21 x 30 cm │ 2021

Portrait: "Astrid Lindgren" Elli Maanpää. Acrylic on canvas paper. 21 x 30 cm. 2021.

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PORTRAIT: ASTRID LINGREN

MATERIAL: Acrylic on canvas paper
SIZE: 21cm x 30cm (A4)
YEAR: 2021

Original painting and Postcards are AVAILABLE 

“I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that.”
― Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking 

ASTRID LINDGREN – THE ARTIST

Astrid Lindgren (1907 – 2002) was a Swedish writer of fiction and screenplays. Her legendary children’s book characters include Pippi Longstocking and Karlsson-on-the-Roof. She has written also touching children’s fantasy novels like Ronia the Robbers Daughter and The Brothers Lionheart. She wrote more than 30 books for children during her career. She has so far sold roughly 165 million books worldwide.

My portrait painting of her is based on this public domain photograph taken in 1924.

ASTRID LINDGREN AND ME

Her books and strong female characters – like Pippi and Ronia – have been my beloved companions trough my childhood. In the 1st grade our teacher read aloud her book The Brothers Lionheart. It made cry in the class room. Later I’ve read all her books myself.

We also share the same second (or for her it’s the third) name. She is Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren and I am Elli Emilia Maanpää.

Georgia O’Keeffe │ Acrylic Painting │ 21 x 30 cm │ 2021

Portrait: "Georgia O'Keeffe" Elli Maanpää. Acrylic on canvas paper. 21 x 30 cm. 2021.

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PORTRAIT: GEORGIA O’KEEFFE

MATERIAL: Acrylic on canvas paper
SIZE: 21cm x 30cm (A4)
YEAR: 2021

Original painting is AVAILABLE // POSTCARDS in my shop

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” Georgia O’Keeffe

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE – THE ARTIST

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986) was an American artist best know for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers and New Mexico landscapes. She was one of the leading artist of the 20th century. There’s a Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe in United States.

With $44.4 million she holds the record of the most expensive art work (“Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1”, 1932. See it here.) sold in auction made by a woman. For comparison the most expensive art work sold in auction by male artist is $450 million (“Salvator Mundi” by Leonardo Da Vinci, 1500).

My portrait painting of her is based on this public domain photograph taken by her husband and manager Alfred Stieglitz in 1918.

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE AND ME

I haven’t seen Georgia O´Keeffe’s paintings YET in person. In 2012 there was a large exhibition of her work in HAM but I lived – and studied my M.A. – in Pori at the time. I wish there will be another chance to see her work in Finland or/and some day I want to make a trip to her museum in Santa Fe.

Coco Chanel │ Acrylic Painting │ 21 x 30 cm │ 2021 │ SOLD

Portrait: "Coco Chanel" Elli Maanpää. Acrylic on canvas paper. 21 x 30 cm. 2021.

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PORTRAIT: COCO CHANEL

MATERIAL: Acrylic on canvas paper
SIZE: 21cm x 30cm (A4)
YEAR: 2021

Original painting is SOLD // Postcards available in my shop

In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” Coco Chanel

COCO CHANEL – THE ARTIST

Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel (1883 – 1971) was a French fashion designer and one of the most influential people of the 20th century. She created the iconic Chanel brand. Transforming the female silhouette from the “corseted” look to more sporty and casual chic. Besides clothes she extended her aesthetics to jewellery, handbags and fragrances. She herself also designed the famed interlocked-CC monogram of which the brand Chanel is know for. It’s been in use since the 1920s.

My painting of her with a dog is based on this public domain photograph taken of her in 1928.

COCO CHANEL AND ME

My first bachelor of art degree was from fashion design. Fashion design is often regarded as something vain. But it’s a form of art that comes closest to our skin. It’s self expression. It’s the skin tone we choose ourselves.

When we think of Coco Chanel she didn’t only free “the look” of women. She freed “the feel” of women. How women were able to MOVE and what they were able to DO. In clothes that were still considered decent. Decent meaning an angry mob didn’t punish the women verbally or physically for dressing that way.

Psst. Lot of people think my beloved cat Cocco is named after her – but Cocco was actually named before he moved in with me as a 2-year-old boy. But I must say his name was a good omen that we were meant for each other.

Christmas Card Illustrations

Christmas piglets Joulukorttikauppa Elli Maanpää

CHRISTMAS CARD ILLUSTRATIONS

Cannot get enough of Christmas.

Christmas is my favourite holiday. I’ve been drawing Christmas card illustration for over a decade. Selling them in my own Joulukorttikauppa and in Christmas Markets. This year I was invited to design cards for Finnish card house Paletti.

Ellen Thesleff │ Acrylic Painting │ 21 x 30 cm │ 2021

Portrait: "Ellen Thesleff" Elli Maanpää. Acrylic on cardboard. 21 x 30 cm. 2021.

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PORTRAIT: ELLEN THESLEFF

MATERIAL: Acrylic on cardboard
SIZE: 21cm x 30cm (A4)
YEAR: 2021

Original painting and Postcards are AVAILABLE in my shop

I paint like a God” Ellen Thesleff

ELLEN THESLEFF – THE ARTIST

Ellen Thesleff (1869 – 1954) was Finnish expressionist painter born in Kuopio. She was the eldest daughter of five siblings. Her father was an amateur painter and her first art teacher. Ellen is regarded as one of the leading Finnish modernist painters. She travelled to Firenze several times in her career. The colors of the Italian nature were present in her art.

My portrait painting of her is based on this public domain photograph taken of her 1955.

ELLEN THESLEFF AND ME

Besides being almost namesakes – Ellen and Elli – I adore her paintings. In my Uhanalaiset – Endangered series in 2015 I made an adaptation of Thesleff’s award winning painting “Kaiku” / Eng. “Echo”. She painted it 1891. She was only 22-years-old at the time.

Mine is called “Echo From Amur” and instead of a girl it featured endangered Amur Leopard. It was one of my personal favourites from the series.

Taidenäyttely – Mesta Coworking – Helsinki

Taidenäyttely Helsinki Mesta Coworking - Akryylimaalauksia - Elli Maanpää: Mother Nature And Other Boss Ladies - 1.3.-30.4.2021

TAIDENÄYTTELY │ART EXHIBITION

Mesta Coworking, Hiihtomäentie 18, Helsinki│ 1.3.-30.4.2021│

Elli Maanpään akryylimaalauksia “Mother Nature & Boss Ladies
Taidenäyttely Helsinki Mesta Coworking: Elli Maanpää. Kuva: Mirka Nalimova. 2021

Taidenäyttely Helsinki Mesta Coworking: Elli Maanpää. Kuva: Mirka Nalimova. 2021

Rinta rinnan olemme osa naissukupolvien jatkumoa. Maalaan akryylimaaleilla muotokuvia naistaiteilijoita kunnianosoituksena heidän perinnölleen: Frida Kahlo, Coco Chanel, Ellen Thesleff, Yayoi Kusama, Astrid Lindgren ja Georgia O’Keeffe. Kruunaan heidät kukkasten muodostamilla sädekehillä.

Kukkien joukosta piirtyy esiin myös maaemo. Maalaan toisiinsa kietoutuneita naisfiguureja ja kukkasia. Teoksia, joissa ihmiset versoavat luonnosta ja luonto versoaa heistä. Luontoäiti pitää meitä hyvänä, ja esimerkiksi luonnon parantavaa vaikutusta on tutkittu paljon.

Olen kuvataiteilija Elli Maanpää (s.1985 Turku). Teen figuratiivisia maalauksia akryylimaaleilla. Valmistuin taiteen maisteriksi Aalto-yliopiston taiteen laitokselta 2013. Olen opiskellut myös animaatiota Turun Taideakatemiassa. 2020 minut valittiin yhdeksi kuudesta nuoresta ”tulevaisuuden taiteilijasta” HELENE20 -taideprojektiin. Olen julkaissut myös lastenkirjan Varis, joka halusi olla satakieli. Asun Helsingissä ja työskentelen ateljeellani Hietalahden Tilajakamossa.

Taidenäyttely Helsinki Mesta Coworking: Elli Maanpää. 2021

Taidenäyttely Helsinki Mesta Coworking: Elli Maanpää. 2021

Näyttelyn voi käydä katsomassa varaamalla vierailuajan sähköpostitse Mesta Coworking omistajalta Mirka Nalimovalta mirka (at) mestacoworking.com. Näyttelyn teokset ovat myynnissä Holvi -verkkokaupassani.  Lisää kuvia ja videoita maalausprosesseista Instagram -kanavallani.

In English here.

Taidenäyttely Helsinki Mesta Coworking: Elli Maanpää. Kuva: Mirka Nalimova. 2021

Taidenäyttely Helsinki Mesta Coworking: Elli Maanpää. Kuva: Mirka Nalimova. 2021

Frida Kahlo │ Acrylic Painting │ 21 x 30 cm │ 2021 │ SOLD

Portrait: "Frida Kahlo" Elli Maanpää. Acrylic on cardboard. 21 x 30 cm. 2021.

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PORTRAIT: FRIDA KAHLO

MATERIAL: Acrylic on cardboard
SIZE: 21cm x 30cm (A4)
YEAR: 2021

Original painting is SOLD // Postcards available in my shop

Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” Frida Kahlo

If you should name one iconic female artist Frida Kahlo would probably be one of the first names to come to mind, right? Her paintings were iconic. Her style was iconic. She was iconic.

FRIDA KAHLO – THE ARTIST

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) was Mexican painter known for her self portraits and works inspired by Mexican culture and nature. Her paintings were her diary where she described her turbulent life. She was suffering from chronic pain after severe bus accident in 1925.

My portrait painting of her is based on this public domain photograph taken by her German father Guillermo Kahlo in 1926.

FRIDA KAHLO AND ME

I learned about Frida Kahlo – her art and her life – in my teens when when I was doing a short intern in Turku City Theatre 2001. They had a play about her called “Sunnuntai-illan unelmia” in English “Sunday Night Dreaming“. I got a poster of the play and it was on my bedroom wall all trough my teens.

In 2008 I made an unforgettable trip to Mexico City and was able to visit the Frida Kahlo Museum. Not only I saw her art in person but I saw the house where she lived as a child. In my CATISM series in 2012 I made an adaptation of her legendary painting “The Two Fridas” (1939) with two cats.

Catism, cat, art, painting

Cathlo: Los dos gatos, 2012, 50 x 40 cm

I paint flowers so they will not die.” Frida Kahlo

I painted a portrait of Frida Kahlo so she will be alive for me now and forever. Thank you for being such an inspiration.