November 13, 2009

Ensio Tuppurainen, Exposition



picture from the website elisanet.fi

Ensio Tuppurainen was born in 1924 in the community of Hirvensalmi in Finland.

He spent his active life in the army. Nowadays, being retired and a veteran from war, he has his accommodation in Vekaranjärvi, a large military base, near the community of Valkealan, in the south of Finland.


picture courtesy of minna haveri

Tuppurainen, who nowadays is in his eighties, is a self-taught artist, who has been making paintings of landscapes, people and other scenes and who has been active in sculpturing (elks, horses, other animals).

He is best known, probably, by the statements he writes down on posters in a expressive and colorful way. They are exposed on a plot in the woods near the cabin where he had his (now closed) studio and gallery. In these texts mr Tuppurainen comments on what he sees as social and political abuses, varying from EU-politics, the banking system and old age pensions, to environmental policy and the treatment of refugees.

Tuppurainen's work was represented in the 2005 exposition In Another World in the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki.

Documentation
* Page about Typpurainen on ITE-net
* Video by Erkki Pirtola (Youtube, 19'29", uploaded dec 2012)


Ensio Tuppurainen
Exposition
Vekeranjärvi
Valkealan FI

5 comments:

  1. The sculpture is beautiful...

    Just did a little part of a post just for you Henk... hope all is well in Holland !

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  2. Just dropping by after Owen talked about your blog. What fascinating posts!!!

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  3. There are some clues that may help us in tracing the roots of the prolix amount of outsider art production in Finland. The one and the obvious are the distances, and the long dark winters, which compel people, specially from the countryside, to a forced isolation, where, far from any influence or trend, with no other materials but those available, (most of the times wood, but even junk), and with no more artistic guide but their own instinct, have led to the development of recognizable style characterized by introspection and its closeness to nature. The other point, as you may have notice, is the permanent presence of a political motif. Finland owns a high amount of newspapers, and of course, one of the highest amounts of readers per capita in the whole world. Most of those newspapers obey to a self political agenda and exert a big influence among their readers. Although a peaceful, sometimes silent people, Finns find in the politic expression, and why not, even with a ranting accent, their favorite and more hacneyed "exhaust valve"

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  4. Thanks for these observations, Alberto Oliver. I agree with you that the dark winters and the solitude of the countryside form an important factor in promoting creativity, and this in combination with the presence of a lively political debate. I am inclined to see this politcial involvement as part of a more general characteristic, one could describe as a need for individuality and individual expression among the people. I do not know enough about Finland and its socio-cultural development to be sure about this, but it seems to me there is some parallel with the individuality of the french and the abundance of outsider environments in that country (not to speak of individualism in the USA in relation with the great number of sites over there).

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  5. Individualism as understood not as a selfish attitude, but as a matter of self afirmation and strong convictions. If we understand french individualism in such that way, it is highly probable to find a clear paralelism with the Finnish way of see the life. On a broad way, when you speak with people like that, they will give you the oportuniy to express your ideas and even the chance to try to convince them by showing your arguments, but will not hesitate in show if have a disagreement or if dislike your statements. Any way, they can clearly make a difference between a debate and for example, what a friendship mean, that is, your convictions about certain topics will not change the general image they have about you. In that way, yes, French and finns share some points in common.

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