Tuija HP (Hirvonen-Puhakka)

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b. 1965, Eno
Visual Artist, Environmental Artist, Performance Artists
Residence: Eno

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Phone number: +358 50 304 78 65

Artist’s Statement

A Finnish visual painter, artist Tuija HP (Hirvonen-Puhakka) lives and works in Eno, Finland. HP works mainly with large-sized oil paintings, but also mixed technique and graphics, as well as environmental, installation and community art.

I am deeply inspired by our shared experiences as human beings, cultural and individual. Being an artist is for me a continuous process of trying to reflect upon the uncertainty of our being in and encountering the world.

I start to work straight on the idea that often comes from a feeling of a landscape, light and shadow or human beings or a dream, or the world. I choose a certain pallet of colors and paint the first impression very fast, and then keep on painting more slowly, while examining the relationships between colors. Usually I start a painting with acrylic colors and pigments, continuing with oil colors to finish the long process.

Color and tone, line and shape, edges and paint, thick and thin form compositions in three and two
-dimensional space in the painting. At some stage I am hang the work that is mind-process on the wall so that I can see it often. Sometimes it may take a longer while for me to be ready to keep working on it. I continue painting as long as nothing in the painting bothers me too much. Usually My ateljier walls hang paintings and artworks. I paint several paintings and artworks simultaneously.

I make works by painting on a canvas and plexiglass / plastic glass. Mixed media technique by paper and graphing methods. Currently, I am interested in the Latin words and use them as names of works, de minimis = de minimis, fiat lux = come on light, etc ..
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A Finnish visual painter, artist Tuija HP (Hirvonen-Puhakka) lives and works in Eno, Finland. HP has qualitied as a visual artist from Imatra Art School in 1993, and Saimaa University of Applied Sciences, visual Arts in 2017. She has worked as a visual artist, teaching and counseling positions in the visual arts field, as well as industry associations, organizations and elected offices.


HP works mainly with large-sized oil paintings, but also mixed technique and graphics, as well as environmental, installation and community art. She has also taken part in numerous group exhibitions and Art Festivals both nationally and internationally. Member of the Painters´ Union of Finland and the Artists´ Association of Finland.