My project.
Finland and the Kalevala

Discovering Finland a few years ago was an esthetic amazement. The beauty of the landscapes and the remarkable Finnish mythology, the Kalevala, I immediately found both enthralling and inspiring.

Water is everywhere, flirting with the intensity of the northern light or its darkness. The forest is infinite. The omnipresence of nature, the endless stretches of dark northern woods are a place of powerful drama and melancholy.
Finally, the Kalevala, a work of epic poetry is like the landscapes, a powerful mixture of tragedy, lyricism, and magic.
These elements: the water, the dark infinite Finnish forest, and the remarkable mythology, are the essence of the country and constitute the main topics of my artistic work.


Maria's Island

 
Maria’s Island series Untitled 7
Acrylics - 133 x 97,5 cm

 
Maria’s Island moved to Pohjola Untitled 3
Acrylics 133 x 94 cm

 
Maria’s Island series Untitled 6
Acrylics 133 x 86cm

 
Kalevala series Simasalo
Acrylics 133 x 97,5 cm

The Forests


 
Untitled Forest 4
Acrylics 133 x 94 cm

 
Vilppula
Acrylics 133 x 94 cm


Kalevala Landscapes

This section can be seen as separate from the other landscape sections as its inspiration comes directly from reading the poems of the Kalevala.

 
Kalevala series Pohjola forest 2
Acrylics 93 x 59 cm

 
Kalevala series Pohjola forest 3
Acrylics 133 x 91,5 cm

 
Kalevala series Pohjola forest 6
Acrylics 93 x 59 cm

 
Kalevala series Loohi’s world 1
Acrylics 102 x 67 cm

 
Kalevala series Loohi’s world 2
Acrylics 99 x 65 cm

 
Kalevala series Loohi’s world 4
Acrylics 133 x 92 cm

Kalevala Characteres

Women occupy a dominant place in the finnish mythology and the way they are treated today comes from the lessons learnt from the Kalevala poems... with great respect, like any sister, mother, wife, goddess... and witche should be treated!


 
Kalevala series Marjatta and the whortleberry
Acrylics 133 x 95 cm

 
Kalevala series Lemminkainen and the demon horse
Acrylics 133 x 100 cm

 
Kalevala series Saari maidens 1
Acrylics 133 x 92,5 cm







Watercolors: the Kalevala univers

 
Kalevala series Saari Island 2
Watercolor 40 x 26 cm

 
Kalevala series Pohjola 1
Watercolor 30 x 22 cm

 
Kalevala series Pohjola 2
Watercolor 29 x 22 cm

 
Road trip 2016 A mixture of Pohjola 1
Watercolor 2017 - 29,5 x 22 cm

 
Road trip 2016 A mixture of Pohjola 2
Watercolor 2017 - 35 x 26,5 cm







Road-trip inside the polar circle. Pen and ink, acrylics and watercolors

The pen and ink drawings were made while in the passenger’s seat. They became the inspiration for the acrylics and watercolors that follow.



 
Road trip Ink drawings.
Through the windshield 21 x 28 cm
 



 
Road trip Ink drawings.
Through the windshield 21 x 28 cm
 




 
Road trip Ink drawings.
Through the windshield 21 x 28 cm

 
Road trip 1
Acrylics - approximately 50x65 cm

 
Road trip 2
Acrylics - approximately 50x65 cm

 
Road trip 4
Acrylics - approximately 50x65 cm

 
Road trip 5
Acrylics - approximately 50x65 cm
 



 
Road trip 6
Acrylics - approximately 50x65 cm
 

 
Road trip 7
Acrylics - approximately 50x65 cm