Elli Maanpää

Figurative Painter

Tag: Uhanalaiset

UHANALAISET in Kirjakahvila

Elli Maanpää, Uhanalaiset, Kirjakahvila, Eteiskabinetti, 2016

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

Pikkupanda of Finland


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

Echo From Amur


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

Patient Emperor


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

Wounded Snowy Owl


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

Dreaming about Amur


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.

Moments from the UHANALAISET Opening


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


Exhibition - Elli Maanpää: Uhanalaiset (Eng. Endangered) - 1 Aug - 14 Aug 2015 - Korkeasaari, Helsinki, Finland

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. 

Ad Leo Astra


Onpa sopivaa, että kirjoitan tätä blogipostausta Porista käsin, sillä tämänpäiväinen maalari-idolini on syntynyt täällä. Toinen maalaus Uhanalaiset -näyttelyyni on Akseli Gallen-Kallelan maaginen Ad Astra maalaus vuodelta 1907. Ad Astra tarkoittaa tähtiin. Ad Leo Astra ei tarkoita mitään Latinaksi, mutta minulle se tarkoittaa kohti leijonan tähteä. Maalauksen uhanalaisena tähtenä on aasianleijona (ilmeinen valinta hiussommitelman kannalta). It’s very