Helsinki-based painter Elina Laurinen gets inspired by people, nature and bypassing moments. For her, making art is as necessary as breathing.
How did you become an artist?
"I've always made pictures and known that I want to be an artist. I don't remember thinking in another way. Making art is like eating or breathing, it's a necessity for me. If I'm not painting, I'm thinking about it."
How would you describe your art?
"Most of my artworks are oilpaintings. They can be either abstract or figurative but oftentimes they origin from a perception. It can be a situation or a landscape, a person or a surface that catches my attention and stays in my mind."
"My paintings begin from these observations, they have layers and phases that start living their own lives. The final artwork can be quite far away from the first idea."
Elina Laurinen: Kevät, 2016. 35 x 24 x 2 cm, 450 €.
Where do you get inspiration from?
"Painting itself inspires me. Colors and paint, color masses that I get to mix and spread. Music is important, too. Creating a painting actually is being in a funny, swinging and humming interaction with the artwork."
Elina Laurinen: Hehku, 2016. 130 x 120 x 3 cm, 1,600 €.
Which of your artworks on Taiko is your own favorite and why?
"I have to say the painting called Hehku (glow). It needed to be created last spring. I wanted to paint a strong person after several abstract works."
See more of Elina's art and buy it on Elina's Taiko page.