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 small study room in Kirjakahvila until the May Day. The room is located right next to the entrance.
Kirjakahvila is a nice cafe in the old centrum of Turku. The area is called Old Great Square. The name of Kirjakahvila means “book cafe” and there are tons of books to be bought or read. They also organize all sorts of events and film screenings. I also recommend their vegan brunch every sunday. And they give discount for students. Jey! Go check out the Uhanalaiset Goes Turku mini exhibition before May.
P.S. The paintings are for sale so send me a message elli(at)maanpaa.com if interested on doing some art investements.
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 still are. Just last year Finnish linen company Finlayson made a Tom of Finland collection in his honour. These sailors (below in left) have been drawn approximately 1985. My endangered power animal in the painting is red panda which is pikkupanda in Finnish. Below you can see how I proceed with my acrylic paints on the 50cm x 50cm canvas to recreate the same vibe as in the original illustration.
P.S. Tonight is the last Kissojen Yö – Night of the Cats of this year in the Korkeasaari zoo in Helsinki and it’s super cool event. After this weekend also my UHANALAISET exhibition will close in the Korkeasaari so it’s almost the last chance to visit. I’m also gonna visit the zoo tonight because all the fun. So see you there maybe?
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 one of the leading expressionists of Finland back in the day. Also she is another admirable female artist in male dominated art world and almost my namesake. My painting (below in right) is called Kaiku Amurista (Eng. Echo From Amur) since it’s conveniently starred by the endangered Amur leopard. Twenty percent of the sales revenue of the paintings of the UHANALAISET exhibition will go to protection of the endangered Amur felines. The painting’s size is 65 x 80 cm and it’s done with acrylics on canvas. Below you can see the making of this painting and the final work in a larger scale.
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. Moomintroll is dreaming – in left below) illustration by Tove Jansson. Tove is one of my biggest idols. She was such versatile artist creating new universes by illustrating, writing and painting. Animal muse is the Amur tiger. Amur tigers are very endangered. Even more so are their namesakes Amur leopards. That’s why 20% of the sales revenue of the sold paintings from the UHANALAISET -exhibition goes to preserving Amur felines. Instead of acrylic I painted this one with ink and gesso. While painting I unintentionally inked my self as well. Oopsi-doo.
P.S. Thank you XO Sarah for these amazing photo collage templates I used in this post. They are super handy to not make the posts too bulky. Thank you!