Elli Maanpää

Animated Painter

Elli Maanpää

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

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.

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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

Invest In Nature

Elli Maanpää: 20 Cent Earth, Acrylic paint on 20 cent euro, 16x11cm, 2019

INVEST IN NATURE

Elli Maanpää 2019 // 3 acrylic paintings on euro coins

Earth: nature, forest and animals are our true abundance. Let’s invest our money, time and power wisely. These paintings are inspired by climate change activist Greta Thunberg’s ‘ Fridays for Future’ movement. Acrylic paintings on 20, 10 and 5 cent euro coins.

EXHIBITIONS

  • 18.-23.2.2020, Galleria Albert IX, Helsinki
Elli Maanpää: 10 Cent Tiger, Acrylic paint on 10 cent euro, 16x11cm, 2019

Elli Maanpää: 10 Cent Tiger, Acrylic paint on 10 cent euro, 16x11cm, 2019

Elli Maanpää: Invest In Nature, Acrylic paint on euro coins, 2019

Elli Maanpää: Invest In Nature, Acrylic paint on euro coins, 2019

Mermaids

Elli Maanpää: Mermaid: Mermaid: Soprano, Acrylic paint on wooden cutting board, 15x23cm, 2020

MERMAID

Elli Maanpää 2019 // 3 acrylic paintings on wooden cutting boards

I graduated from Turku Arts Academy in May 2019. I doodled these characters on the corner of my page on my last thesis seminars. For me they represent lightness and joy of the promise of the summer. I decided to paint them on the there wooden cutting boards I’d bought from a flea market in Ulvila in Pori.

EXHIBITIONS

  • 18.-23.2.2020, Galleria Albert IX, Helsinki

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.