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Nella Keskisarja & Tiina Valkeapää


Galleria Kellokas
Tunturintie 54
95970 Äkäslompolo (Kolari)

Gallery is open daily at 9-17. 

Artwork: Tiina Valkeapää ,Thistle-like Plant 2015, aquarel, 180cm x 115 cm
Photo: Jussi Tiainen, 2016


Nella Keskisarja

Nella Keskisarja says that deep down she is a painter, yet she has been working mainly in the field of environmental and community art using varying working methods and materials. A painter’s way of thinking comes across in all her works. In Galleria Kellokas, Keskisarja shows her recent watercolours expressing nature experiences, particularly those of Northern Finland.

Keskisarja thinks that all art is collective. She has worked in co-operation with several bureaus and institutions of the Helsinki City, and produced different kinds of art happenings and events, too. Keskisarja is also an active member of many artists’ associations and organisations.

” I don’t like to work alone, I don’t have enough energy to work alone.  I seek contact with other people through my works, I like to share experiences. Every project, every exhibition shapes me, too.”


Tiina Valkeapää

“Plants and watercolour painting have always fascinated me. There is something magical in the way the water meets the colour.”

Traditionally a watercolour is considered as a painting of a landscape or a still life with flowers on a specific sized and shaped, usually rectangular, paper. Tiina Valkeapää paints plants, so here she follows the tradition, and she paints small watercolours, so here she follows the tradition, too. But her plants – withered seedcases, skeletal thistles and ethereal pappi – are surprisingly intimate, and painted strongly and widely in almost monumental size, too.

A painting’s starting point is often just some withered plant and not a specific sweet flower. Valkeapää’s works prove that watercolour painting lives and breathes and renews beside the other fields of contemporary art. In her watercolours, there is a whole new way of seeing wildflowers and plants.

Since 1990 Valkeapää has worked in the field of environmental and recycled art, too. She uses different kinds of natural materials, but also plastic garbage in her works. Using nearly traditional sculpting methods, she makes, for example, plastic garbage statuettes and aesthetically capturing works, like different versions of the PlasticPlanet during the 2010s, that speak out for environmental end ecological issues.

Merja Ilola, Art historian