Elina Merenmies

4 October 2024–12 January 2025

Elina Merenmies is a visual artist working with painting and drawing, and is known for works that combine an expressionistic style and meticulous detail. The reality depicted in the works is a mix of inner visions and complex narratives. Faces and grotesque stories are often the images’ motifs, and they include psychoanalytical imagery and references to classic art history.

Merenmies is interested in both art history and the past everyday life. The characters and stories in the works tell of how the artist finds the beauty of life in unconventional places and phenomena. Merenmies’ art is varied: it shifts between funny and scary, black and white and all the colours of the rainbow. It is defined by complexity, and it challenges the viewer.

Elina Merenmies (b. 1967, Espoo) lives and works in Helsinki. In her work, she uses tempera, oil and ink. Her artworks have been showcased regularly since the 90s in both Finland and abroad. In 2007 she was nominated for the Ars Fennica Prize. Merenmies’  works are included in private collections and many prominent Nordic public collections, at for instance ARKEN, The Gothenburg Museum of Art, Uppsala Art Museum, the Finnish National Gallery, Sara Hildén Art Museum and Turku Art Museum. In addition to her work as an artist, Merenmies has taught painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, and worked as the headmaster of the Free art school since 2020.