MARKKU LAAKSO
The Red Mark
28.9.2007 – 21.10.2007

Fallen tree, Lappish girl and Elvis, 2007
oil on canvas
135 x 200 cm

 MARKKU LAAKSO

The worlds and motifs depicted in my work often incorporate elements from history and from my own personal life. Along the years, I have come to realise that the colour red, my favourite since childhood, has always been present. It is not always the same red but I know exactly how to mix it for each piece. My red is like an old friend that I am happy to see when I paint. It is the red thread running through my work.

When I was a baby, I had a bright red birthmark on my forehead. I was branded with red at birth. It has been my only favourite colour since the very beginning, and I suspect what first attracted me was its clarity, intensity and aesthetic immediacy. The colour features in many elements that evoke strong emotions in me as a Lapp; sunsets, the northern lights, pitch wood and the turning of the leaves in the autumn, all of them symbolised by the red trim on the traditional Lappish dress. When I was a child, my nose was always quick to bleed. Blood red, in all its starkness, is beautiful.

Red is the colour of attention and has been used to express love, passion and ideology. It is apparently also the most common favourite colour, so I am clearly not alone with my preference. In my paintings, it could be seen as the colour of solidarity. As it is the colour of blood, it also signifies the bloodline; our inheritance, good and bad. In my work, red could also be taken to represent tolerance. No matter who and what we are, we all have red blood running through our veins - if only no one had to shed theirs to prove it.

Markku Laakso


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laakso/2007/laakso-arktinen-hekkuma-06

Arctic ecstasy, 2006
oil on canvas
90 x 130 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-arktinen-hekkuma-vaj

Arctic ecstasy by the shed, 2006
oil on canvas
90 x 130 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-elvis-soutaa

Elvis rows, 2007
oil on canvas
90 x 130 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-reunalla

On the edge, 2005
oil on canvas
90 x 130 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-saunamatka

On the way to the sauna, 2007
oil on canvas
90 x 130 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-sanna-ja-sanko

Sanna with bucket, 2007
oil on canvas
90 x 130 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-uimari-maria

Swimmer Maria, 2007
oil on canvas
90 x 130 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-lapintytto-ja-e-kaat

Fallen tree, Lappish girl and Elvis, 2007
oil on canvas
135 x 200 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-lapintytto-ja-e-kopp

Lappish girl and Elvis at Koppelo, 2004
oil on canvas
120 x 177 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-lapintytto-ja-e-ouna

Lappish girl and Elvis at Ounasjärvi, 2007
oil on canvas
135 x 200 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-lapintytto-ja-e-peuk

Lappish girl and Elvis at Peukalonvaara, 2004
oil on canvas
120 x 177 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-lapintyttoe-peukalo

Lappish girl and Elvis at Peukalonjärvi, 2004
oil on canvas
120 x 177 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-lapintytto-ja-elvis-

Lappish girl and Elvis by tree, 2007
oil on canvas
135 x 200 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-piilosta

Hide and seek, 2007
oil on canvas
90 x 130 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-poutapaiva

A fair day, 2007
oil on canvas
90 x 130 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-arktinen-hekkuma-tun

Arctic ecstasy in the fells, 2006
oil on canvas
100 x 78 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-arktinen-hekkuma

Arctic ecstasy by the fishnet rack, 2006
oil on canvas
78 x 78 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-sauna-triptyykki

Sauna-trictych, 2007
oil on canvas
middle panel: 200 x 135 cm
side panels: á 200 x 82 cm

laakso/2007/laakso-trivial-triptyykki

Trivial-triptych, 2005
oil on canvas
middle panel: 160 x 132 cm
side panels: á 132 x 80 cm

laakso/2007/GalleriaHeino181007-035382

from series Topics, 2007
oil on canvas
á 24 x 33 cm

 
 
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