Anu Kauhaniemi

Spaces, Situations, 2009, oil on canvas, 85 x 148 cm 

From the series Space and Light 2009, oil on canvas, 40 x 120 cm

From the series Space and Light 2009, oil on canvas, 40 x 120 cm

SPACES, SITUATIONS
2009

In recent years the main themes in my paintings have been human relations and varied social situations. Evenings spent in company, contacts and meetings are seen in diverse environments, in the midst of every day circumstances. To describe social situations, I place people in different spaces, such as cafés, lobbies and bright terraces. The spaces confined by architecture or the views that unfold create an ambience and an overtone of the situations.

While working on the series “Spaces, Situations”, I noticed a third theme rising beside human interaction and architecture: the space in between. In the end, my paintings are not formed by the visible parts – the people and the constructed environment – but by the empty space and the light that appears between everything else.

From the series Space and Light 2009, oil on canvas, 24 x 60 cm

From the series Space and Light 2009, oil on canvas, 24 x 60 cm

From the series Space and Light 2009, oil on canvas, 49,5 x 61 cm

From the series Space and Light 2009, oil on canvas, 49,5 x 61 cm

Boys (Open questions), 2009, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 cm

Boys (Open questions), 2009, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 cm

Girls (Conseption of Oneself), 2009, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 cm

Girls (Conseption of Oneself), 2009, oil on canvas, 40 x 40 cm

© 2017 Anu Kauhaniemi

From the series Space and Light 2009, oil on canvas, 24 x 60 cm