Origami

TERO NURMINEN

S.P.G has the pleasure for the first time to present Tero Nurminen to a larger Swedish audience.

Tero Nurminen’s work is based upon the technique perfected by the masters of the fourteenth and fifteenth century. Historical art expressions such as extravagance can be seen in his work. The choice of large formats of canvas, creates an exaggerated proportionality.

Mysticism is mixed with attributes of popular culture, as in the painting “Ridi Pagliaccio”, where the tragicomic clown is manifested in his made-up face to us, the audience, fulfilling our expectations. This character appears in the opera “Pajazzo” and in the exhibit “Origami” it is personified by Nurminen’s own son with a Polarn O. Pyret plastic bag as a hat and a lace collar taken from the costume of a harlequin. The composition of the image and the rotation of the upper body is derived from the style of portrait art of the fifteenth century.

Nurminen’s portrait of children shows the malace of the here and now, yet with the historical perspective as something nostalgic is perceived. Even as the popular culture tell

s a story of our contemporary, the child as an emblem, symbolize progression and renewal.

As a sixteen-year-old Nurminen came in contact with the surrealist Salvador Dali, whose images influenced him. Chuck Close, with his super realism, is yet another role model. Ten years later these worlds brought him to the art academy in Helsinki, where he graduated in 2006.

Together with the portraits of children, the exhibition ”Origami” displays paintings of crumpled sheets of paper, which in its’ simple forms is reminiscent of the Renaissance era, with its’ spectacular clothing of folds and ruffles. All the characters and portraits emerge from obscure settings and dark rooms. Nurminen uses almost no colored paint, but light and shadows derived from simple white and black, create contrast that shape the image. Tero Nurminen is represented in numerous museums and private collections. In 2013 he was showcased with an exhibit of portraits at the Museum of National History, Fredriksborg Castle, Denmark.