(born 1940 in Helsinki) is in Finland best known for his
highly acclaimed literary production, which includes over
thirty works of poetry and poetic prose. He has received
the National Literary Price in 1966, 1974 and 1984, and
the esteemed Eino Leino Award in 1988.
is also a serendipitous visual mole finding his royal road,
with his tentacles reverberating toward the lightwinds of
color, giving form to formless, misty feelings, and nourishing
The viewers of his works have been taken by surprise
ever since his first solo exhibition in 1972. After that, he has
had several exhibitions and stylistic transitions. This New York
exhibition is gathered from his first innovative period that breaks
down the decorative and shifts the canvas into a de-decoy that first
whispers seductively and then lets the thought-emotions be released
from the traps of convention.
view is neither about the secure coordinates nor about the adult,
"mature" truth. Pellinen's
figures and landscapes lean backward and face the futures to come,
charmed by early memories and itching desires. Every picture is
for Pellinen storied by the
practice of painting. No picture resembles of any other, but every
process of painting is a theory in itself, seeing the eagerly burning
cheeks through the reified experiences, and escaping the stiff principles
and attitudes forced by any conforming society. Illuminating for
Pellinen means painting in
his own language, which tells us that the nipples and buds are in
the midst of us.
attest to the explorations of the brave and the humble. These explorations
are dedicated to the baits of enchantment and jubilant delights.
Pellinen has what William Hazlitt
called "that quick jerk and impatient stride which distinguishes
a lover of the Fancy." With pleasures to be offered by his
head & heart, he does not leave us into the arctic freeze but
lifts his noble painterly hand and pursuits the ever-running suns
and their seasons. He sends us to enjoy in the very spring of thinking
feelings - with a sudden spring, and by the flowing spring of colors.
When Pellinen is in the color moods, the moments
of happening follow each their others and lead astray to everything
possible. Perspectives of change are approaching us and paying homage
to our own revelations and insights. The result of a happy beginning,
the risk of understanding absurdly otherwise than an inert, torpid
mass, is present for the opening of this exhibition, to be related
in the back of a yard (or consciousness). Exciting lines potentiate
and resonate the mind-brain-body of the radiant rascal. There are
caravans of meanings spreading on every painting; and afterwards,
when the journey is done: back to business and healthy breathing
over the hill or the dale, waiting for the fresh suns to appear.
Painting in "shinese" - Juhani Ihanus,
Ph.D., Finnish cultural psychologist, essayist and critic