Welcome to my page!
Here is little general info about me and my art.
I’m a visual artist and a printmaker living in Oulu, Finland, with my two teenager kids and some furry pe(s)ts.
I went to art school in my thirties, after having my kids. Right after getting my art degree i thought i was solely a printmaker. It was the media i studied, and i felt that it was so easy to get my ideas expressed with its methods. There is also this wonderful deep contentment that comes from making prints and i’m sure a fellow printmaker knows what i’m talking about. It’s a printmaker thing. It’s a condition.
Soon however i got to play with soft pastels and i was also drawn back to painting – which i have always done a little.
I discovered oilpaints already in my teens but now i paint with egg-tempera. It’s the method artists used before oilpaint was invented around 1500.
And so it happens that i still haven’t been able to decide what my main medium is, and i just continue to explore new ones as well.
Lately i have enjoyed drawing with graphite for example. My conclusion is that i need all of these different ways of making art and they all have their characteristic sweet spots.
About my art, subjects and such things
I recently found a term to define my art: imaginative realism. (Boy that works for me in so many levels. I think it might be also the place where i live.) To me art has to be aesthetic. It has to have a meaning. Preferably visible to the eye. And definitely high energy. Without ever really choosing to per se, i seem to have always sought for this other world in my art, unspoiled, harmonious and of light. Ideal. I now retrospectively can see it developing. It is my way to balance and cope with the real world.
My art is metaphorical. I love all of the unspoiled existence on Earth (and space) and i use elements of nature and animals in my work a lot. But most often i use a female figure. All of my art comes from a female figure after all. To kind of explain that.
Ideas and sketches usually come as quick glimpses and later i add more stuff around them and figure out what they mean.
Of course it depends on the medium how the process evolves.
With etchings the sketch has to be fully ready before i transfer it to the plate, so i usually don’t dawdle around too much with it.
But with paintings and drawings, i can play around and add more stuff and change ideas later, and so the process can be quite long.
I love gold. I love to mix it with everything.
I view life from spiritual perspective and that naturally affects greatly my artistic aspirations. For me there is nothing more fascinating or interesting in the world but the mystery of life, and mystery of everything. The truth of everything. The truth of me.
As a seeker i have always had my antennas quivering towards eastern traditions more than beliefs closest to me. Knowledge is in its essence the same in many, if not all of the traditions, but in my opinion east has grasped the wisdom most beautifully. .
I think Egyptians and Hindus have the coolest imagery and most intriguing old texts, and i like to exploit that sort of stuff in my art a lot.
Making art is also a spiritual practice if you will, to catch ideas, dig wisdom and bath in it while trying to make your understanding of it into a visual presentation to the best of your ability.
It’s a practice also in the sense that you quickly learn to respect the flow and try to learn how to access and hold it. Since that is where the magic happens and where it’s easy.
My hope is that my art is seen as uplifting, inspiring and that it evokes good energy.
Making art gives me occasional brief moments of utter peace and exhilaration. It gives life meaning.
Little bit about intaglio printmaking
To point out that it has nothing to do with mechanically mass produced prints and it has a long interesting history.
Printmaking originates from China, woodcut being the oldest method of printmaking. Its actually hard to say when the earliest prints were made but the first with authenticated date is a woodblock print Diamond Sutra from 868. This of course is delicious fact to my spiritual geek -heart since Diamond Sutra is a well known Buddhist text.
In the middle ages printmaking was used to make patterns and textiles and in the 1400 to decorate & illustrate books.
Later printmaking came to be a true art form and techniques were developed further.
1400~ 1500 Albrecht Dürer made his magic with it. Other artists also well known for their prints are Rembrandt in ~1600 and Goya in ~1700.
Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints from 1700-1800 influenced & inspired artists like Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh. I’m sure many recognize for example Hokusai’s ‘Great wave’ from that era and i must say i truly admire Ukiyo-e, not only for the skilled craftmanship that is required but also the style and composition, the purity.
Anywayyyy get to the point.
Fine art prints are original works of art. Everything is handmade. Prints are made from a single original plate or surface (like copper, woodblock, linoleum, stone etc.)
Prints are usually produced in limited editions and each print is numbered and signed by the artist. (To be clear: 1 original plate -> edition of original prints.)
So the ‘original’ is basically the plate, on which you make the artwork with different techniques.
In my case: i do etchings. I put waxy ground stuff to the plate where i draw the lines with a sharp tool and then bath the plate in ferric chloride (acid) and then repeat it with another ground & acid to make the tones. All this takes fare amount of time and patience.
Then it’s time to test print and do the adjustments until you’re happy with the result, or start again from scratch if something went wrong too badly. And finally you can print the amount of prints you decide to print. With small plates that’s not so much work. But with bigger plates that stage can take some effort, muscles and cause occasional swearing.
But yeah printmaking is old school, skilled, artisan craft.
My editions have usually 20-50 prints. But editions can generally be bigger.
The pricing naturally depends on the size of the print, but also on the size of the edition.
Giclee prints are something i’m interested in doing. So a little bit about that. Giclees are printed (not handmade) reproductions, fine art digital prints made with archival pigment based inks and archival paper, so the quality is high. They wont fade over time.
Artists usually make giclees from their original artwork, photographs or digital artwork, and i would be interested in doing giclees from my paintings and maybe drawings.