RISTO SUOMIPaintings

Watching and waiting II, 2011
acrylic on canvas
140 x 160 cm

RISTO SUOMI

Les nuits de la pleine lune - Nights of the full moon

Artist Risto Suomi (b. 1951) is one of our best-known and well-liked contemporary artists. His breakthrough came in the early 1980s. Now, as he turns 60 years of age, certain recognisable elements have become trademarks of his work, such as animal characters in place of humans, the artist himself as the central character in his work and various tangible symbols. Often the background is a blue, endless starry sky, bright blue sky or bluish sea.

In his paintings, Risto Suomi is a storyteller, a depicter of basic human feelings dealing with the fundamental questions in life. We can often catch a glimpse of the world of dreams, imagination and the unconscious in his works. They tell how man wonders at life's mysteries and of our experiences of loneliness, alienation and longing of existence. His works are as much pictures of the artist's own feelings as they are of feelings common to all of us. Topics range from childhood to old age.

The atmosphere in the paintings is romantic and poetic, but often melancholic. It is expectant, still and quiet - highly emotionally charged. The mental landscape of the artist's mind or soul appear in his works. It is formed from his experiences and imagination into pictures which correspond to his emotions.

Rauli Heino


 
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    Sunday morning at Pont-Neuf, 2011
    acrylic on canvas
    110 x 170 cm

  • suomi/2012/RistoSuomi_Heino-22451

    Once upon a time, 2011
    acrylic on canvas
    130 x 180 cm

  • suomi/2012/RISTO_SUOMI_ROUND_MIDNIGHT_2011_12

    'Round Midnight, 2011-12
    acrylic on canvas
    150 x 190 cm

  • suomi/2012/RistoSuomi_Heino-22467

    Watching and waiting II, 2011
    acrylic on canvas
    140 x 160 cm

  • suomi/2012/RISTO_SUOMI_ON_THE_ROCKS_2011-12

    On the rocks, 2011-12
    acrylic on canvas
    170 x 110 cm

  • art_helsinki_11/RISTO_SUOMI_Y-meren-rannalla_2011_2_NETTI

    A night by the sea II, 2011
    acrylic on canvas
    120 x 120 cm

  • suomi/2012/RISTO_SUOMI_RUNOILIJAN_POSTINKANTAJA_2012

    Poet's postman, 2012
    acrylic on canvas
    140 x 110 cm

  • suomi/2012/RISTO_SUOMI_MELANCHOLY_MAN_2011

    Melancholy man, 2011
    acrylic on canvas
    140 x 110 cm

  • suomi/2012/RISTO_SUOMI_SINISESS_AVARUUDESSA_2011_12

    In blue infinity, 2011-12
    acrylic on canvas
    140 x 160 cm

 
 
 
 
 
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