BODY PAINTING - Fine art body painting
My art is a combination of a human body, painting and photography. I've been drawing and painting all my life and have studied on various courses including A'level in Fine Art. However, I found my real path when I came across body painting at make-up college. When attending the World Bodypainting Festival in 2007, my passion for body art really set off and I began to concentrate on the fine art side of it.
From the start I have wanted to concentrate on the possibilities of body painting as independent abstract art. My focus and desire is to explore the dimensions of the human body and how it unites with the painting, light and space, how the contours of the body become obscure and these elements create multilayered views and impressions. I am greatly inspired by colours and abstract forms found in nature, however, essentially I follow my intuition and the subconscious flow of my creative process. I'm also greatly inspired by my models, their stories and background, and I often combine the feelings they bring up in me with my own ideas. The special feature about body painting is it’s disposability, but within my photographs they reach another level and another life. The moves of my model change the painting and the final piece if often born with a random improvised pose.
In the beginning I worked with a photographer, but for the past few years I have taken the photos myself.
The editions are printed on either canvas or aluminium dipond. Most of my works are rather big in size (70-120cm). The size means that with a closer look the skin and its texture etc can be seen and the yet another element in the piece is reveiled.
I had my first solo exhibition "Bodyscapes" in May 2012 at ArtSpace gallery in Helsinki, Finland. My works have been showing also in South-Korea and USA.
In 2011 I was chosen by the International Fine Art Body Painting Association as an honorary member and one of the 10 best fine art body painters worldwide. This recognition and my success in the World Bodypainting Awards has encouraged me as an artist and made me committed to advancing fine art body painting around the world.
2nd place - Juried Exhibition: Em*bodied Art. Winter competition 2014 at Artscenetoday.com. (Art Scene Today, USA).
Works: Revival and The beginning.
Voted for Public Top 25 artists at New Masters 2012 competition (www.newmasterartist.com).