Realists have always portrayed human subjects surrounding them. They have depicted situations and asked people to model for them. Portraits have been commissioned for even longer.
Riikka Lenkkeri uses the tradition of portrait painting. She chooses ordinary people as her models and paints them in the spirit of classical realism. The feel of materials is an important aspect of her work. It is highlighed both in the way she paints and in the clothing of the models.
Lenkkeri is not a photorealist. Also, she does not ironize the way she paints. She is serious and trusts in the power of expression in a way only few can.
Veikko Halmetoja 2014