New paintings

Two new paintings. Experimenting a little bit.

oil on board, 2015

oil on board, 2015

oil on board, 2015

oil on board, 2015

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On personality in painting

Two new paintings – titled Introversion I and II. Both are oil paintings combined with beeswax, which is used to cover and obscure parts.

Introversion I, 30x30 cm, oil and beeswax 2015

Introversion I,
30×30 cm,
oil and beeswax
2015

Introversion II, 70x100 cm, oil and beeswax 2015

Introversion II,
70×100 cm,
oil and beeswax
2015

These were inspired by a discussion on showing personality in art. Sometimes people associate rawness in painting manner as being open, and that in turn becomes personal, “honest” art to them. Polish, or even anything not very painterly, quietness and introversion do not always seem to register as any sort of personality.

This has always bothered me. I used to strive for a painterly look, until during my thesis paintings I really got into thinking honestly about my personality. I am quiet, introverted, self-critical even to the point of it being a hindrance – would it not be false for me to paint in a very energetic, confident way? I feel the way I paint is a truthful representation of me. That’s where the rawness in my art lies. For me, excess polish would be to paint “freely”, in a way that is usually called “expressive”. The polish just wouldn’t be on the painting, but on my personality.

The aim is to illustrate that even where the person is fully covered and closed-up, either by fabric or the distortion of the beeswax, there is still more said than hidden.

Upcoming: Freeze Frame, Galleria2, Pirkkala, 20.4.-7.5.

I will be showing some of my private paintings and the joint paintings with Tero Ulvila in a group show of four artists at Galleria2, Pirkkala, Finland.

We have been studio neighbors for the past few years, but we are now giving up our joint space. This is where the idea of the exhibition comes from: to capture where we all are with our art now and to show the spirit of our studio, before we go our separate ways.
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Exhibition photos, Uusikuva, Kotka

Some photos from our exhibition at Kotka:
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(All photos by Ilona Pakarinen)

We’ll be answering questions and talking about the exhibition at the gallery this Saturday (21th of March), so I’ll have more pictures to post next week.

The local newspaper was also kind enough to write a piece and a critique about the exhibition (both only in Finnish).

Kymen Sanomat 6.3.2015

Kymen Sanomat 6.3.2015

New paintings

Getting ready for the exhibition! The opening will be on the 5th of March, with the exhibition staying open at gallery Uusikuva, Kotka, until the 28th. I am very excited for this show, and a big part of that is my freedom to work on this project – I received a 6 month working grant from Arts Promotion Centre Finland!

Tero Ulvila and Sanna Maria Paananen: Untitled oil 160x160cm 2014

Tero Ulvila and Sanna Maria Paananen:
Untitled
oil
160x160cm
2014

Tero Ulvila and Sanna Maria Paananen: Untitled oil 160x140cm 2014

Tero Ulvila and Sanna Maria Paananen:
Untitled
oil
160x140cm
2014

Tero Ulvila and Sanna Maria Paananen: The Morning After oil and tempera 190x150cm 2015

Tero Ulvila and Sanna Maria Paananen:
The Morning After
oil and tempera
190x150cm
2015

Hopefully the gallery will have enough light to take proper pictures of all of the paintings we have done. I feel like particularly the pieces that I have done on my own for this exhibition absolutely refuse to photo in a decent manner!