ELLI MAANPÄÄ PORTRAIT: GIANNETTA PORTA MATERIAL: Acrylic on canvas pad SIZE: 148mm x 210mm YEAR: 2020 Commissioned portrait of contemporary visual artist Giannetta Porta. See more of the painting process in my Instagram. ABOUT THE PAINTING “”This was such a special portrait to paint. The portrait was commissioned by Porta’s lovely mom. Gianna is my friend
On this week’s video on Elli Maanpää Art I ponder aloud if tracing in art is ok. What do you think? I’d love to hear your comments. While talking about it I speed paint the painting for our puppet animation. The painting – both 3D and 2D version – is inspired by Picasso and Mondrian.
This is the fastest ever I’ve organized an exhibition. On last Tuesday I got an email that Eteiskabinetti in Kirjakahvila has no reservation for April. That if I wanted to I could hang my UHANALAISET paintings there. So I did do just that on Friday morning and now the UHANALAISET are in the walls of this
Berberie (in right below) is another story from the whole UHANALAISET bunch. It’s not based on a one exact painting but instead on a series of paintings called Girls (Good heavens!) from the modern artist Katja Tukiainen from 2010. I found such a wonderful photograph of barbary macaque (which was my endangered muse in Berberie) resting one leg
Ellen Thesleff’s Kaiku (Eng. Echo) from the year 1891 (below in left) was not as obvious choice as some of the other paintings of UHANALAISET exhibition. I remember admiring this painting in junior high but I had forgotten all about it until I came across Thesleff’s name in Ateneum (Art museum in Helsinki) and googled her. She was
Toipuva keisari (Eng. Patient Emperor) – below in right – has also been one of the most loved paintings of the Uhanalaiset/Endangered -exhibition. It’s based on the atmospheric painting Toipilas (Eng. The Convalescent) – below in left – by famous Finnish female artist Helene Schjerfbeck from 1888. Again one of my biggest art idols. As the name
I was in high school when I fell in love with Hugo Simberg‘s dark but fairy-tale-like paintings. I even named our cat after Simberg’s pet guinea pig (the name was Pikke). Making Simberg’s famous Haavoittunut enkeli (Eng. Wounded Angel) from the year 1903 with the endangered Snowy owl and European mink was one of the first
Yesterday was the opening of the UHANALAISET (Eng. Endangered) art exhibition in the Karhulinna in Korkeasaari Zoo. Here are photographs from the event taken by my beloved V. Kuula. Enjoy! Hey! It’s my painting and name in the poster. Cool.It was easy to smile. All ten paintings I did during this summer were here and
ELLI MAANPÄÄ UHANALAISET / ENDANGERED DATE: 1 Aug – 14 Sept 2015 PLACE: Korkeasaari, Helsinki, Finland Elli Maanpää’s UHANALAISET -exhibition opens today in Karhulinna in Korkeasaari Zoo. Maanpää is reimagining classic Finnish paintings with endangered animals. Welcome to the exhibition opening today 30th of July 2015 at 4pm-6pm.
Here is the making of -photographs of the painting Virgin Snow which is part of the UHANALAISET art exhibition. I was inspired by the great Finnish painter Albert Edelfelt’s painting of her French lover and muse Virginie from the year 1883. My muse was the very endangered and beautiful animal Snow leopard. Below you can see my progress