Grisaille - Solo Exhibition

Galerie Forsblom Helsinki

27.4. - 20.5. 2018

Sami Lukkarinen’s (b. 1976) new exhibition pays homage to the grisaille technique, a style of painting executed entirely in shades of grey. With artfully arranged strokes of the palette knife, he sketches out the history of the black-and-white spectrum in western painting, starting from medieval stained glass and grey-scale frescos by Giotto. Among the oldest motifs to which he alludes are Albrecht Dürer’s Renaissance self-portraits and altarpieces by Jan Van Eyck. Closer to the contemporary moment, he reworks black-and-white photographs of popular icons in combinations of black and sparkling silver.

 

Lukkarinen explores how the grisaille scale evokes certain emotional states. His versions of Frankenstein’s monster and Marilyn Monroe suggest a sense of insecurity and being an outsider. The story of Frankenstein’s monster is indeed a tragic one: the monster tries to do good deeds, but only succeeds in hurting others with his clumsiness. The Marilyn series portrays the young actress at the age 20, yet an unknown starlet without an inkling of her future celebrity. The series portrays Monroe lost in her world, deep in thought, as if searching for her identity.

 

The timeline ends with the social media era and a color image of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. These days all shades of grey are processed by the black-and-white filters of online apps. The artist was inspired by a study conducted at Harvard University in 2017, which revealed that the majority of people who post black-and-white images on social media are verifiably depressed. Images posted on social media are nevertheless influenced by trends, some of which may romanticize depression and anxiety. Despite these melancholy themes, Lukkarinen infuses his work with his characteristic humor and irony.

http://www.galerieforsblom.com/exhibitions/sami-lukkarinen4

Art Karlsruhe 2018

Galerie von Braunbehrens

21.2. - 25.2. 2018

Galerie von Braunbehrens shows my paintings in Art Karlsruhe, Stand C29.

http://www.galerie-braunbehrens.de/

Art Miami 2017

Galerie von Braunbehrens

5.12. - 10.12.

Galerie von Braunbehrens shows my paintings in Art Miami at Booth A203

http://www.galerie-braunbehrens.de/

With Seven-league Boots. Stop - Finland. Works from the Kiasma Collection

Art Museum Riga Bourse, Riga, Latvia

25.11.2017 - 7.1. 2018

My Paintings no.7 (2007) and Mark Zuckerberg (2015) in group show "With Seven-league Boots. Stop - Finland. Works from Kiasma Collection in Art Museum Riga Bourse.

http://www.lnmm.lv/en/mmrb/visit/exhibitions/3836-with-seven-league-boots-stop-finland

Albrecht, Marilyn and I - New Portraits

Galerie von Braunbehrens, Stuttgart, Germany

September 16th - November 3rd 2017

New paintings from Jan van Eyck´s first self-portrait to my unshared selfies in  solo exhibition at Galerie von Braunbehrens Stuttgart. Openings of the show 15th of September at 7pm. Welcome!

http://www.galerie-braunbehrens.de/

Link to Catalog with text by Christian Gögger and an interview with Berthold Naumann:

http://www.galerie-braunbehrens.de/files/katalog_samy_lukkarinen.pdf

Me: Self-Portraits Through Time

Kunsthalle Helsinki

27.5. - 6.8. 2017

My painting Self Portait After 9 Hours in Techno Club in Kunsthalle Helsinki Summer Groupshow. Welcome!

http://taidehalli.fi/en/nayttelyt/

Armory Show New York

Galerie Forsblom

1.3. - 5.3. 2017
Silver Mark Zuckerberg in Armory Show!

Paintings at Clarion Hotel Helsinki

A Commission for Clarion Hotel Helsinki is ready and hotel open for visitors. Nine paintings permanently in Hotel lobby, restaurant, congress center and sky bar.

Kunst 16 Zurich

Galerie von Braunbehrens

27.10. - 30.10. 2016

From Heino with Love

HAM - Helsinki Art Museum

8.4. - 28.8. 2016

Exhibition from the great Heino collection in HAM. Three older paintings in the show from the years 2000-2006.

Sami Lukkarinen | Young Marilyn 8<
Young Marilyn 8 2018
oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm