A graduate from the Moscow State Academic Art Institute (painting department), Annu Kapulainen has a classical education in fine arts. Interested in traditional mediums of art and using oil on canvas as her main technique, the artist tries to find the essential in life, describing it through human beings or still life. “My paintings are always made in a figurative style. Sometimes they are painted completely in a realistic way, and sometimes I use two and three-dimensional surfaces together in my pictures,” says the artist.
The exhibition Journey is based on her trips to Paris and partially on her trips and time living in Moscow. Annushka Spilled Linseed Oil and Russian Love have the Vanitas-theme, and they are based on the novel Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
|Journey is at the 00130Gallery until 14 DecemberKorkeavuorenkatu 27
inner court, Helsinki
A crayon drawing installation series of 12 little canvases, also entitled Journey, contains the artist’s self-portrait and other different pictures about her impressions of Paris. There are details of some sculptures in the Louvre, some street art from Paris and everything between that. “I found different, interesting time and cultural layers in Paris. In a couple of my works, like Black Lights (Mustat Valot), I’m also handling the Immigration-theme,” says Kapulainen.
Some art works of this exhibition have been shown in 2007 in the artist’s solo show at the Gallery of Cité des Arts, in Paris, where she participated in a residence programme.
Susan Fourtane – HT
Annu Kapulainen – Image