AKVART gallery wishes a Happy New Year 2014 to Aquarell Artists and all our friends and customers!
Personnel of gallery Tuula, Maikki, Anja O., Anja S., Tapani, Matti, Liisa, Irja, Hanna
AKVART gallery 25. 3. 2013 - 7. 4. 2013
Humalistonkatu 1, 00250 Helsinki
Anja Oasmaa and Jorma Wartiovaara
I am amazed by the multiple forms of the trees, the rhythm of the tree trunks, the structure of the bark, various shades of the trunks, leaves, fruit in the tree – they fill my mind and form fascinating pictures… My style and technique emerge from many things: atmosphere of the moment, personality of the model, various events of the day, seasons, voices, lights and shadows, memories. I do not consciously plan my paintings. A finished picture evolves somewhere and my task is to bring it on the canvas. Aquarelles are particularly intuitive.
Previously, during my professional career I studied the world on the cellular and molecula level using the light and electronic microscope as my looking glass.
At present, I try to understand life rather with my bare eyes or through the camera - looking at nature and living creatures.
On all levels, structure forms the basis but added value is created by the plentitude of contrasts embedded in the impressions. Seeking and finding them is the point. From there springs the joy of creation.
If I see, I can understand.
If I understand, I can try to visualise.
Wellcome to the Exhibition!
Konstantin Sterkhov in Finland- exhibition in AKVART gallery, Humalistonkatu 1, 00250 Helsinki
13. 9. – 25. 9. 2011
It`s past 16 years since Konstantin Sterkhov first time came to Finland. Since then more than 400 students attended his courses, he had several exhibition in group and solo, there were a few articles about him in Finnish media, his illustrations where published in Kodin Kuvalehti and Hyva Terveys, and he issued 4 DVD with tutorial videos representing watercolor to all art lovers.
Sterkhov brings the traditions of old Russian school of painting as a graduate of Repin Art Academy. His art is based on good drawing skills and noble color harmony. Old masters had only natural colors, and it remains an approach that Sterkhov tries to keep alive. The advantage of limited and noble palette is one of the sign of the St.Petersburg Art tradition. There are two other important things one can see in Sterkhov`s works. He is very particular about tonal contrast and composition. The play of light and shadow is one of the topic of his painting. The composition is very classical. Some of his exterior portraits have very personal intimate and inviting quality. The light penetrating into the darkness of the room is like the light illuminating the darker corners of our souls.
International ECWS Aquarell Symposium and Exhibition 2011 in Turku, the European Capital of Culture 2011,arranged by the Finnish Watercolour Society
ECWS (European Condeferation of Watercolour Societies) organized its annual Symposium 2011 from the 30th of June to the 3th of July. The venue was Turku, the European Capital of Culture 2011.
The International Watercolour Exhibition in Turku was held in July 2011. The Exhibition took place on an old Finnish sailing ship named Suomen Joutsen. There were 120 participants from many European Societies . The time for the Symposium was nice and interesting also because of the Medieval Market in the Town at the same time.
In addition to the official program, artists were going to paint on the banks of the river Aura and in the streets and parks of the beautiful city of Turku. LK