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.

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More new paintings

I also made some personal paintings for the joint exhibition. We felt it important to have a few pieces of our own, to showcase how we usually work, so people can compare them to the pieces we had both painted on. The first one is a bit of a joint effort though, Tero painted the skull on the table. We decided to consider it my painting, because I made all the decisions on it – to contrast with the co-operational nature of the other paintings we worked on together.

Sanna Maria Paananen Mitä halusit (Judith ja Salome) What You Wanted (Judith and Salome) 2015 oil, newspaper, beeswax

Sanna Maria Paananen
Mitä halusit (Judith ja Salome)
What You Wanted (Judith and Salome)
2015
oil, newspaper, beeswax

Sanna Maria Paananen Piiloudu, piiloudu (Hide, hide) 2014 oil, newspaper, beeswax

Sanna Maria Paananen
Piiloudu, piiloudu (Hide, hide)
2014
oil, newspaper, beeswax

Sanna Maria Paananen Muistomerkki (Monument) 2015 oil, newspaper, beeswax

Sanna Maria Paananen
Muistomerkki (Monument)
2015
oil, newspaper, beeswax

A reminder to not use materials you aren't sure of! I used a base prepared by someone else... with the end result being a painting that has to be thrown out because it's peeling off.

A reminder to not use materials you aren’t sure of! I used a base prepared by someone else… with the end result being a painting that has to be thrown out because it’s peeling off.

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!

What I’m currently working on (Uusikuva)

Two works in process for the exhibition at Uusikuva in March 2015:

Tero Ulvila&Sanna Maria Paananen "Metamorphosis", 2014, 190x151cm, oil on canvas

Tero Ulvila&Sanna Maria Paananen
“Metamorphosis”, 2014, 190x151cm, oil on canvas

Tero Ulvila&Sanna Maria Paananen Untitled, 2014, 140x160cm, oil and tempera on canvas

Tero Ulvila&Sanna Maria Paananen
Untitled, 2014, 140x160cm, oil and tempera on canvas



The aim for the exhibition is to create an interesting experience for the gallery visitors by combining my style with that of Tero Ulvila’s. We have both graduated from the same institute of higher education for arts, but as painters, we are vastly different.

The paintings for the show will comprise of paintings we have done on our own, intertwined with pieces, like the ones above, that we have worked on jointly. The aim is to have the viewer rethink their views on these two styles of working and viewing art, but also to witness our everyday life – we are a couple, living together, despite our obvious differences in ways of expression. One is colorful and bold in their painting, one adores drawing and the human figure.

(Apologies for the low quality pictures!)

art@bars | Open house event in South Karelia

I had a lot of fun participating in this event, so thanks to the arrangers of art@bars and of course to the lovely restaurant Wanha Makasiini for hiring me to come and draw there!

Here are two drawings I did on Friday:
artbars2web

artbars3web

Next up, is of course the opening for “Minkä tähden täällä ollaan?” at Uusi Kipinä, but after that me and my “atelier roomies” will be opening our studios for visitors. The event takes place the 20th of September and consists of 45 places to visit in the South Karelia region, all of them listed here.