Marjatta Tapiola

Paintings

Helsinki

June 2 – August 13, 2017

Marjatta Tapiola

Marjatta Tapiola
Jupiter ja Kallisto Caesar van Everdingenin mukaan, 2017
Oil and tempera on canvas
200 x 250 cm / 78.7 x 98.4 inches
MTAP_027
 

Marjatta Tapiola

Marjatta Tapiola
Sommarlek, 2017
Oil and tempera on canvas
340 x 380 cm / 133.9 x 149.6 inches
MTAP_030
 

Marjatta Tapiola

Marjatta Tapiola
Härkä, 2017
Oil and tempera on canvas
150.5 x 200 cm / 59.3 x 78.7 inches
MTAP_007
 

Marjatta Tapiola

Marjatta Tapiola
Violetti, 2017
Oil and tempera on canvas
150 x 200 cm / 59.1 x 78.7 inches
MTAP_009
 

Marjatta Tapiola

Marjatta Tapiola
Harmaa kallo, 2017
Oil and tempera on canvas
168 x 112 cm / 66.1 x 44.1 inches
MTAP_010
 

Marjatta Tapiola

Marjatta Tapiola
Vihreä kallo, 2017
Oil and tempera on canvas
168 x 112 cm / 66.1 x 44.1 inches
MTAP_011
 

Marjatta Tapiola

Marjatta Tapiola
Kolme kalloa, 2017
Oil and tempera on canvas
200 x 200 cm / 78.7 x 78.7 inches
MTAP_012
 

Marjatta Tapiola

Marjatta Tapiola
Minotauros ja koira, 2017
Oil and tempera on canvas
167 x 112 cm / 65.7 x 44.1 inches
MTAP_013
 

Marjatta Tapiola

Marjatta Tapiola
Sydän, 2017
Oil and tempera on canvas
153 x 153 cm / 60.2 x 60.2 inches
MTAP_017
 

Marjatta Tapiola

Marjatta Tapiola
Minotauros ja sydän, 2017
Oil and tempera on canvas
195 x 152 cm / 76.8 x 59.8 inches
MTAP_018
 

Marjatta Tapiola

Marjatta Tapiola
Minotauros ja kallo, 2017
Oil and tempera on canvas
152 x 152 cm / 59.8 x 59.8 inches
MTAP_019
 

Marjatta Tapiola

Marjatta Tapiola
Minotauros, 2017
Oil and tempera on canvas
124 x 95 cm / 48.8 x 37.4 inches
MTAP_021
 

Marjatta Tapiola

Marjatta Tapiola
Minotauros, 2017
Oil and tempera on canvas
124 x 95 cm / 48.8 x 37.4 inches
MTAP_024
 

Marjatta Tapiola

Marjatta Tapiola
Minotauros ja varis, 2017
Oil and tempera on canvas
168 x 112 cm / 66.1 x 44.1 inches
MTAP_025
 

Marjatta Tapiola

Marjatta Tapiola
Vihreä kallo, 2017
Oil and tempera on canvas
200 x 250 cm / 78.7 x 98.4 inches
MTAP_026
 

Press Release

The spring climax of Galerie Forsblom’s 40th anniversary program is a jubilee exhibition presenting the work of Marjatta Tapiola (b. 1951), which fills the entire main exhibition space and corner gallery in Helsinki through summer. The show also marks a special tribute to the centenary of Finland’s independence. In her new works, Tapiola – a long-term explorer of the myths of Classical Antiquity – returns to the theme of carnality and the Minotaur. Her style is more abstract than ever in certain paintings, the representational elements being transfigured into abstract metonyms by her confidently spontaneous brushwork.

 

Through her masterful command of line, Tapiola exquisitely captures life’s cruelty and carnal indulgences in her airy paintings. Their gamut of emotions swings from suffering to an intense sensuality that seems ready to burst into a wild dance any second.  Fiery passion pumps in the veins of her red, orange and purple color spectrum. Tapiola paints in tempera, an ancient technique dating all the way back to the art of Classical times. With the twists of her brush, Tapiola infuses her contemporary works with a sense of antiquity.

 

Tapiola established her name in the 1980s as a leading Finnish proponent of neo-expressionism. She received the Pro Finlandia medal in 2004 and the Finnish State Art Prize in 2006. Her work is represented in leading Finnish museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Sara Hildén Art Museum and the collection of the Saastamoinen Foundation. The artist lives and works on her family estate in Sysmä, Finland.