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Elina Merenmies
updated: 03/15/2014
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Le Reniement de Saint Pierre
Descendant of the Kings
Rear
Monkey
All The Trees Are Mine
White Phosphorus
Guard
Lines
The Trees Are Coming
Desert
Sphinx
Whips
White Phosphorus
Space
Snake
 
Portfolio Keywords:  surreal, portraiture, violence, landscape, meditative, memory, narrative, process, optical, figurative
 
 
Le Reniement de Saint Pierre by Elina Merenmies
Le Reniement de Saint Pierre
ink on handmade paper
2009
19,9 " x  13,8 "  x 0,1 " 
Descendant of the Kings by Elina Merenmies
Descendant of the Kings
ink on handmade paper
2013
20 " x  15,5 " 
Rear by Elina Merenmies
Rear
ink on handmade paper
2009
19,7 " x  13,8 " 
Monkey by Elina Merenmies
Monkey
ink on handmade paper
2013
17,7 " x  14,6 "  x 0,1 " 
All The Trees Are Mine by Elina Merenmies
All The Trees Are Mine
ink on handmade paper
2013
30,3 " x  20,5 " 
White Phosphorus by Elina Merenmies
White Phosphorus
ink on handmade paper
2012
28 " x  20 " 
Guard by Elina Merenmies
Guard
ink on handmade paper
2009
28,7 " x  19,7 "  x 0,03 " 
Lines by Elina Merenmies
Lines
ink on handmade paper
2010
17,3 " x  12,6 " 
The Trees Are Coming by Elina Merenmies
The Trees Are Coming
ink on handmade paper
2013
20 " x  14,2 "  x 0,03 " 
Desert by Elina Merenmies
Desert
ink on handmade paper
2006
11,8" x  07,9"  x 0,07" 
Sphinx by Elina Merenmies
Sphinx
ink on handmade paper
2010
21,3 " x  30,3 " 
Whips by Elina Merenmies
Whips
ink on handmade paper
2013
20,9 " x  14,6 " 
White Phosphorus by Elina Merenmies
White Phosphorus
ink on handmade paper
2009
19,7 " x  15 " 
Space by Elina Merenmies
Space
ink on handmade paper
2009
21,7 " x  17,1 " 
Snake by Elina Merenmies
Snake
ink on handmade paper
2010
17,1" x  21,4"  x 0,1" 

Artist Statement

 

 ELINA MERENMIES (born 1967) creates a world of her own with her works. A world that is familiar and true, strange and frightening, beautiful and comforting.

People are not explained in simple, unequivocal terms. We are torn by different, mutually conflicting aims, many of which we have learned to keep secret. Elina Merenmies knows this. The figures in her ink drawings are stripped of their “good behaviour”. Perhaps that is why they are so disturbing, with such strong influence, arousing admiration, fear and sympathy.

In recent years, Elina Merenmies has had museum exhibitions at the Nordic Watercolour Museum in Skärhamn and the Kristianstad Konsthall in Sweden. In 2012 Merenmies held a widely noted retrospective entitled “Secret Joy” at Kunsthalle Helsinki.  

 

Artist Bio / CV

E L I N A  M E R E N M I E S

born in Espoo 1967

lives and works in Helsinki

Education

1991–92 Academy of Fine Arts, Department of Monumental Art, Praque

1988–92 Academy of Fine Arts, Painting Department, Helsinki

1988–89 Institut de Saint-Luc, Department of Painting, Bruxelles

Selected solo exhibitions

2014 All the Trees Are Mine, Galerie Anhava, Helsinki

2012 Secret Joy, Kunsthalle, Helsinki

2010 Kristianstad Kunsthalle, Kristianstad

2010 Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, Skärhamn

2008 Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen

Selected group exhibitions

2010 Nordc Art Triennal, Eskilstuna Art Museum, Eskilstuna

2008 Finnish Art Now, Ars Fennica Nominees 2007, Scandinavia House, New York

2007 Painting & Space & Society, Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborg

2006 Ars Fennica 2007 –nominees,Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

2004–05 Arken Collection, ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj

Works in collections

ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishøj

Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki

Saastamoinen foundation, EMMA, Espoo

Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere

La Maison Rouge, Paris

Leena and Kari Niemistö Collection, Helsinki

Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki

Nordiska Akcarellmuseet, Skärhamn

The Sander Collection, Germany

Selected publications

Tuukkanen, Pirkko (ed): Elina Merenmies, Secret Joy, Juha-Heikki Tihinen: In the infinity of wonders-voyages into the world of Elina Merenmies, Antti Nylén:White on black, Martti Anhava: interview, Finnish Art Society, Finepress, Turku 2012

Nordal, Bera (ed.): Elina Merenmies. Juha-Heikki Tihinen: ”Aude Sapere”. About Elina Merenmies Art.” Nordiska Akvarellmuseet. Billes Tryckeri AB, Mölndal, Sverige 2010.

Gavin Francesca: Hell Bound, New Gothic Art. Lawrence King Publishing Ltd. 2008.

Selected grants

2012 Finnish Cultural Foundation

2010 Stina Krooks stiftelse, grant

2009 William Thuring -prize

2009 Finnish State five-year artist’s grant

2005 Fnnish State three-year artist’s grant