Last but definitely not least the Pikkupanda of Finland (below in right) from the UHANALAISET exhibition. Tom of Finland (artist name of Touko Laaksonen) might very well be the most known artist from Finland internationally. His skilful homoerotic pencil drawings of sailors, cops and bikers were widely admired when he drew them during the 80’s and
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
As you wished I’m going to continue posting progress stories about the paintings for the UHANALAISET exhibition. It’s open until the 14th of September in the Karhulinna of Korkeasaari Zoo. This Unelmointia Amurista (Eng. Dreaming about Amur – in right below) was the 5th painting for the exhibition. It’s based on the famous Muumipeikko unelmoi (Eng.
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
Let’s continue with the Uhanalaiset / Endangered painting progress stories. For now on I’ll keep it mostly visual. This one is called Elonaali (in the picture below in right) and it was inspired by famous Finnish oat meal brand Elovena (the package in left). The original Elovena girl illustration was made by Joel Viktor Räsänen in 1925.