Biography

Born in Muonio, Lapland, 1974, Finland. Lives and works in Turku, Finland

STUDIES

1993-1997, School of Fine Arts in Turku, Finland (nowadays known as Arts Academy at Turku University of Applied Sciences)
1992-1993, Lapland School of Arts, Tornio, Finland
1991-1992, The Art School of Liminka, Finland

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 Gallery Aura, Turku, Finland
2016 Gallery Ama, Helsinki, Finland
2015 Gallery 5, Oulu, Finland
2013 Gallery Ama, Helsinki, Finland
2013 Costume Play, The Aine Art Museum, Tornio, Finland
2013 Gallery Pleiku, Berlin
2012 Gallery Aura, Turku, Finland
2012 Mältinranta Artcenter, Tampere, Finland
2011 Turku Art Museum, Studio, Turku, Finland
2010 Gallery Ama, Helsinki, Finland
2008 Gallery Ama, Turku, Finland
2007 Informal Life, MUU Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2005 Gallery Huuto, Helsinki, Finland
2003 Gallery G, Helsinki, Finland
2002 Gallery Katariina, Helsinki, Finland
2000 Lessons in love, with Kati Immonen, Gallery Joella, Turku, Finland
1997 Gallery Joella, Turku, Finland

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 "Kasvotusten/ Face to Face " Pinxinmäki Summer exhibition, Sysmä, Finland
2017 “Yhtä Juhla! / Real Celebration!”, Rovaniemi Art Museum celebrates its 30 year journey with an exhibition from the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foun- dation collection, Korundi House of Culture, Finland

2015 Dark Days, Bright Nights Contemporary Paintings from Finland, Kemper Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, USA
2015 NEW AND NEWEST –  Finnish Contemporary Art, Rovaniemi Art Museum Korundi House of Culture, Finland
2015 OTOS. Uutta turkulaista maalaustaidetta, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland
2014 HETKINEN, XIX Mänttä Art festival, Mänttä, Finland
2014 The Adidas Man and the Strongwoman, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland
2012 Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, The 7th Wave – WIHURI AND VISUAL ART, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, South Carelia Art Museum, Lappeenranta, Rovaniemi Art Museum Korundi House of Culture, Finland
2011 HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHERE,  XVI Mänttä Art festival, Mänttä, Finland
2011 Flux Aura 2011, The international environmental art event, Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture
2011 Otanta, Exhibition Art Center Voipaala, Sääksmäki, Finland
2010 The 115th Finnish Artists´Exhibition, Artists’ Association of Finland, TR1 Art Hall, Tampere, Finland
2009 The 115 th Annual Exhibition of Finnish Artists “Youth 2009”, Artists’ Association of Finland, Kunsthalle Helsinki
2009 Turhan Tärkeys, 85th Anniversary of Artists’ Association of Turku, Turku Art Museum, Finland
2009 Art Vilnius ´09, Vilnius Art Fair, Vilnius 2009 European Capital of Culture, AMA Gallery, Lithuania
2009 Childhood images, Serlachius Museums, The Gösta Serlachius Museum of Fine Arts, Mänttä, Finland
2009 Minun Pohjoiseni, Nordic Art Association in Finland, Jetty Barracks Gallery, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland
2009 Loose, five artists from Artists’ Association of Turku, The Finnish Cultural Institute in Madrid, Spain
2008 North-Easr from Kakola, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland
2006 The Exhibition of young artists, The Association of Finnish Printmakers, Jetty Barracks Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2006 Budapest-Turku, The Associations of Hungarian Printmakers and City of Turku, Gallery U, Helsinki, Finland
2005 Biennial of Turku, Museum of Ars Nova & Aboa Vetus, Turku, Finland
2005 The Association of Turku Printmakers in Tidaholms Museum of Lithographic Art, Sweden
2005 66th The Annual Juried Exhibition, Union of  Finnish Art Associations, Rovaniemi Art Museum
2005 Artists’ Association of Turku in Gallery 5, Oulu, Finland
2005 Yksin/ toisin, The Art group Panika, Gallery Rajatila, Tampere and in Museum of Liedon Vanha Linna, Turku, Finland
2004 A LAND SHARED, Contemporary Art of Nordic Peoples, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland
2004 Samaan aikaan toisaalla, The Art group Panika in Gallery Kakelhallen, Åland Islands, Finland
2003 The Association of Turku Printmakers in Gallery Osnova and in Center for Graphic Art, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
2003 GRR Turku Printmakers Association 70th Jubilee Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland
2003 With Juhani Vikainen, Juha Joro and Hannu Hämäläinen in Gallery IX, Budapest, Hungary
2002 Summer exhibition of Union of  Finnish Art Associations, Cultural Center Gallery, Hämeenlinna, Finland
2002 The 107th Annual Exhibition of Finnish Artists, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland
2002 Musta tuntuu, The Association of Turku Printmakers, Gallery Joella, Turku, Finland
2002 Satumaa, Artists’ Association of Manillan Taiteilijat, Gallery Poriginal, Pori, Finland
2001 The 106th Annual Exhibition of Finnish Artists, The Museum of Central Finland, Jyväskylä, Finland
2001 The Association of Turku Printmakers in Art Museum of Åland Islands, Finland
2001 Tuliko seuraa?, Artists’ Association of Turku, Gallery Gjutars, Vantaa, Finland
1999 The Association of Turku Printmakers in Gallery Marianportti, Lahti, Finland
1999 Uudishankintoja ja lahjoituksia, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland
1998 11th Tallinn Print triennal, Tallinn, Estonia
1998 Artgenda -biennal, Cultural Center, Stockholm, Sweden
1997 Sex, Snack’n Pop, Gallery Titanik, Turku, Finland
1997 Everlasting storyes, The Association of Turku Printmakers, Gallery Joella, Turku, Finland
1997 Debytantit, The Juried Exhibition of graduated Graphic Artists, Gallery Harmonia, Jyväskylä, Finland

Sirpa's artist website

WORKS IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Malmö Art Museum, Sweden
State Art Collection, Finland
The Finnish Artists’ Foundation
Turku Art Museum, Finland
Tampere Art Museum, Finland
Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation Art Collection, Finland
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art/City of Turku, Finland
Parliament of Finland
Artemy Troitsky Collection, Russia
The Viljo Hurme Foundation, Salo Art Museum, Finland
The Aine Art Museum, Tornio, Finland
The School of Fine Arts Collection, Turku, Finland
VMP Croup Collection, Finland

 

PUBLIC WORKS

Keroputaa Hospital, Tornio, Finland
Topeliuksen koulu (Public School), Turku, Finland
University hospital of Turku, T-Hospital, Finland
Normaalikoulu (Public School) Turku, Finland

PUBLICATIONS

2017, Opción, número 201. Opción is the ITAM cultural magazine. ITAM is a private, secular, non profit Mexican institution of higher education. Since 1980 it has been a periodical publication by a content based on free critical thinking and creativity. Director Carlos Alejandro, Art Editor for Opción Alejandra López Villegas, ISSN:1665-4161

2015, Dark Days, Bright Nights: Contemporary Paintings from Finland, Published by Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, ISBN: 978-0-9962728-1-0
2014, XIX MÄNTÄN KUVATAIDEVIIKOT, toim. Minna Joenniemi, ISSN 1238-478X
2012, 7. AALTO – KUVATAITEEN WIHURI, THE 7th WAVE – WIHURI AND VISUAL ART, Jenny ja Antti Wihurin rahasto, toim. Pirkko Tuukkanen, ISBN 978-952-9554-45-4
2012, FLUX AURA 2011, toim. Tonja Goldblatt & Milla Järvipetäjä, ISBN 978-952-93-0205-5
2011, SIRPA SÄRKIJÄRVI, Maalauksia / Paintings 2006 – 2011, ISBN 978-952-92-9959-1
2011, KUNNIOITA ISÄÄSI JA ÄITIÄSI / HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHERE / XVI MÄNTÄN KUVATAIDEVIIKOT / XVI MÄNTTÄ ART FESTIFAL, toim. Otso Kantokorpi, ISSN 1238-478X
2005, TURKU BIENNAALI 2005 / TURKU BIENNIAL 2005, ISBN 952-99532-1-6
2003, GRR – TURUN TAIDEGRAAFIKOT 70 VUOTTA, ISBN 952-9565-38-0
1998, TALLINNA XI GRAAFIKATRIENNAAL / 11TH TALLINN PRINT TRIENNIAL, ISBN 9985-60-510-1

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ABOUT

Sirpa Särkijärvi's (b. 1974 in Muonio) paintings are reflections of time. They contemplate human existence and examine relationships of power, gender, behaviour, norms, marginalisation and exclusion. Their energetic painterliness, the power of their colours and their figurative physical force are inextricable from the conflicts of meaning between states of mind, consciousness and the subconscious and their fluctuating nature. Särkijärvi is interested in approaching her subjects from the perspective of literary deconstruction or critical reading to reveal hidden conflicts of meaning. We cannot escape each others' influence. Her paintings are inspired by our motivations, needs and the inconsistency of our actions, which together form the complex entity that the artist attempts to reflect in her work. What is between the lines is also important. Intertextuality, everything that has been experienced, seen and learned influences the artists's interpretation. Finally, viewers also receive and interpret everything in the painting through their own backgrounds and experiences.

Särkijärvi creates her paintings in several long and methodical painting sessions. Her method is technically rather demanding as she uses dozens of pre-mixed colours and it requires a lot of preparation, and development of the idea. Särkijärvi says that her goal is to immerse herself in the work so that painting becomes a tool for thought and contemplation. She paints with fluid acrylics onto a horizontal canvas where the paint flows and mixes to form planes of colour, movements and strokes, and the fragmented structure creates illusions that change depending on the distance they are viewed from. The vibrant and explosive material turns into considered and controlled images of humanity. The paintings seem at the same time out of control and closely controlled, just like the human mind often is.

Sirpa Särkijärvi lives and works in Turku but she was born in Muonio in Lapland. Her family's long history and deep roots in northernmost Finland have left their mark on her identity and influenced her visual approach.

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