Painting Finland through Irish eyes

Snow tango Alan Hogan Dublin artist Alan Hogan draws inspiration from Finnish nature, its lush landscapes and the beauty of the different seasons to create colourful and memorable landscapes.

ALAN HOGAN has a permanent exhibition on display at The Art Garage in Karis/Karjaa, a mainly Swedish-speaking town one hour away from Helsinki. The gallery doors open to a world of vibrant colours and joyful scenes with a touch of sweet melancholy. Hogan warmly guides the visitors on a personal tour while explaining techniques and sources of inspiration, telling little stories about the paintings.

The art works are the result of an inner metamorphosis of emotions, transforming the negative that happens in the world into positive and beautiful as he explains: “I prefer to paint subjects that give people a little joy and hope”.

The acrylic and aquarelle on canvas are impressions of the artist’s life in Finland. Beautiful sunsets, dreamy summer nights, snowy landscapes and his beloved Finnish cat contrast with some abstract works representing themes like recession or his introspective synopsis of the future of his own art. “I will always aim to bring something positive to the world through my art”, admits the artist.

Hogan says that his style of paintings may change every now and then, simply because society and people change. “It is these changes that influence and inspire new ideas”, he concludes. The works have a positive effect in the viewer’s mood. It is a highly recommended open studio experience that allows a closer connection to the art through his creator.

The Art Garage
Open every Saturday
11:00 to 14:00
Åstorpsgatan 7, Karis

About Susan Fourtané

As a citizen of the world, Susan began her search for her place in the world back at the beginning of the year 2000. After many travels looking for her place in the world, her soul found that place in Finland in September 2006. She has been living in Helsinki ever since, where she combines fiction and non-fiction writing with Philosophy studies and teaching.
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