Reidar Särestöniemi (1925–1981) was the foremost Lappish artist of his time. He rose to nationwide fame in the 1960s and was greatly esteemed by collectors and the cultural elite alike. He is particularly famous for his intense and colourful paintings of Lappish themes that incorporate allusions to prehistoric art and to the great names of modernism. Works in the Rarely Does a Gentle Wind Blow on Arctic Fens exhibition are from the collection of the Kirsi and Keio Eerikäinen Art Foundation which was deposited at the Rovaniemi Art Museum in spring 2012. The exceptionally comprehensive and high-quality collection gives an excellent idea of Särestöniemi’s output, which is seldom accessible to the public without trav-elling to the North. The exhibition is produced in cooperation with the Rovaniemi Art Museum.
was born in the village of Kaukonen in Kittilä, where he lived his
whole life, and his greatest sources of inspiration were the nature of
Lapland and Lappish folk traditions and beliefs. Peatlands, fells,
grouse, rams and lynxes are all recurring motifs in his work. Often the
animal figures are the artist’s own alter egos. Nature was very close to
Särestöniemi’s heart – you could say it was his lifeblood – and he used
his influence to promote nature conservation in Lapland. He also had a
keen interest in literature and he travelled several times around the
world, which had a distinct impact on his visual style.