TEEMU MÄKI  –  PAINTING AND DRAWING

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PORTRAITS
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COLLECTIVE PAINTINGS
    


A few big ones:

B
going into trance
politkovskaya
the
                                  burden

Some smaller ones on paper:


B

Some big ones on canvas:


B

Each thumbnail of course leads to a close-up view, but in addition to that you can see extra-detailed versions of images marked with the letter B (for 'big').


Single-image allegories was my main genre of painting since my teens. Sometimes – as in many of these – it's hard to tell whether a painting should be called an allegory or a portrait, but I have a special fondness for both of these genres, partially because many of my favorites in the history of painting belong to these, but also because I have taken it to be my responsibility to prove that these formats are still valid, useful in contemporary painting too.

This latter motivation grew strong, when I noticed that those who were interested for example in my videos, performances and photos, often were categorically dismissive of painting as a genre. This caused irritation that encouraged me to consciously acknowledge and show my roots in the tradition that runs from Giotto (1267–1337) via Giovanni Bellini (1426–1516), Matthias Grünewald (1475–1528) via Francis Goya (1746–1828), Otto Dix (1891–1969),
Max Beckmann (1884–1950), Keith Haring (1958–1990), A.R. Penck (1939–), Martin Kippenberger (1953–1997), Adolf Wölfli (1864–1930) to for example Chris Hipkiss (1964–).

I've also tried to show that figures like Henri Matisse (1869–1953) were not just preformalists and ancestors of abstract art, but simultaneously also exponents of allegorical painting, painting that deals with the questions of everyday world instead of turning its back to it in favour of aesthetic make-believe.



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