The Cute and Creepy World of Emmi

Illustration // Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Emmi-Riikka Elisa Vartiainen is a young illustrator and graphic designer practicing  concrete jungle survivalism in the city of Lahti, Southern Finland. She studies graphic design at Lahti Institute of Design but is also very much of an illustrator at heart. Emmi has two cats, many game consoles, and a passion for the horror genre and drawing animals (especially little bunnies).

Double Exposures by Christoffer Relander

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 11, 2012
"We Are Nature" is a series of double and triple exposures by Finnish photographer, Christoffer Relander. The photographer says of the project, "All images are done “in-camera” while shooting with a Nikon D700. Afterwards, the files were contrast adjusted, black & white toned and more or less dodged and burned."

Paintings by Dan Beard

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Sometimes, you just want a very well created oil painting, and English painter Dan Beard has a fantastic abstract style in which he creates his portraits. The artist has shown extensively throughout Europe, including England, numerous solo shows throughout Helsinki, Finland, and Iceland.

M-City in Finland

Juxtapoz // Monday, May 21, 2012
Mariusz Waraz, aka M-City, recently took over the exterior of this large building with his distinct machinery looking esthetic in Pori, Finland. The artist was invited to participate in an exhibition entitled “Street Art – The New Generation” put together by the Pori Art Museum. Many well-known street artists are also involved with the show including Blu, Invader, Icy & Sot, and more.

The Work of Pietari Posti

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Pietari Posti is a Finnish illustrator, graphic designer, and artist who lives in Barcelona, Spain. His work has appeared in numerous publications, such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Wired, and Playboy, and his illustrations have been featured in the 3x3 Professional Illustration Annual, PRINT Magazine, and Illustration Now 3.

In Illustration: The Work of Finland's Anna Emilia Laitinen

Juxtapoz // Monday, October 24, 2011
The strawberry fields, lakes, and pine forests of Anna Emilia Laitinen's childhood dreamily inspire her illustrations, which are additionally colored by the weather of her native Finland. Like a gentle memory floating by, Laitinen captures these images with her paintbrush.

Illustrations by Anna Emilia Laitinen

Juxtapoz // Saturday, October 01, 2011
Anna Emilia Laitinen is a Finnish artist that creates these minimal, whimsical illustrations. On her website, she says this about herself: "In 1983 I was born in Leppävirta, a small town in Finland with strawberry fields, lakes and pine forests.

The Photography of Heikki Jantunen

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 09, 2011
Heikki Jantunen finds the surreal in the everyday, urban environment. Jantunen is a Finnish photographer, and sometimes Finland can be a bit surreal anyways. The Moomin characters that are popular in Scandanavia (and pictured here as one of those big cuddley, Disney-land style guys in suits) are a bit strange as well.

Ville's Clean, Beautiful & Bizarre

Illustration // Monday, May 09, 2011
Finnish artist Ville Savimaa did not always see illustration as his career path. Having a particular flair for character illustration he’s immersed himself in the world of design. His background in advertising is evident in the iconic figures and concrete messaging in each piece. Pulling from mysticism and fantasy as reoccurring themes, Savimaa’s signature style lends well to dark and jovial pieces.

Environmental Art: Colored Pencils in the Forest

Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 31, 2011
We found this on a sub-site specializing Finnish Site-Specific Art, so all we know is that Finland has a major movement of site-specific art going on. This is the work of Jonna Pohjalainen, who created colored pencils from fallen trees in the forest. And we read that "The roots of Finnish environmental art and music lie deep in the mental landscape of Finland." More looks after jump . . .
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