Life and works
Born in the community of Hirvensalmi, Finland, Ensio Tuppurainen (1924-2014) spent his professional life in the army.
When retired, being a veteran from war, he had his accommodation in Vekaranjärvi, a large military base, near the community of Valkealan, in the south of Finland.
Tuppurainen was a self-taught artist who made paintings of landscapes, people and other scenes and who was active in making sculptures (elks, horses, other animals).
He probably is best known by the statements he wrote down on posters in a expressive and colorful way. These were displayed on a plot in the woods near the cabin where he had his (now closed) studio and gallery.
In these texts Tuppurainen provided commented on what he saw as social and political abuses, varying from EU-politics, the banking system and old age pensions, to environmental policy and the treatment of refugees.
Tuppuraine used to refer to his site as Paradise
Tuppurainen's work was represented in the 2005 exposition In Another World in the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki.
Tuppurainen died October 3, 2014. I have no information about the actual situation of the site.
* Entry about Ensio Tuppurainen on the website ITE-net
* In 2012 finnish photographer and author Erkki Pirtola has made a video (Youtube, 19'29", uploaded dec 2012) of then 88 year old Ensio Tuppurainen, talking about and showing his site. This finnish spoken video gives a good impression of the variety of creations Tuppurainen has made, both all kinds of installations from recycled material and sculptures and pamphlets with social and political manifestations
first published nov 2009, revised dec 2014