Riikka Lenkkeri
"I´ve always been drawn by the painted surface, the multitude of ways in which painting can transmit an experience to the viewer. By this, I mean that the level at which, and the way in which, a ‘presented´ painting represents the visible world can be quite special and unique. Such as with Lucian Freud´s still life Cyclamen (1964), for instance, and the instant joy of recognition you get from it - more for the sense of the plant itself than the accuracy of its depiction: the way certain brush strokes and thickness of colour are used create an incredible sense of the living plant, how the direction and force of the brush strokes almost paradoxically bring out the delicateness of the petals, while the consistency and precision of the oil colours emphasise the soft downiness of the leaves and the smooth translucence of the flowers.

For me, such conceptual and technical expression can elicit almost overwhelming feelings of human beauty and comprehension of existence, in which the human presence is strong."

Virpi Nikkari

Sunflowers, oil on canvas, 50 x 80 cm, 2007, private collection

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