Friday, December 30, 2016

My first display in Vaasa, January 2017

My first display is at Vaasa City Library, Finland
from January 2 to January 27, 2017.

Tero Rinta-Perälä:
Vahapiirroksia alitajunnasta ja luonnonvoimista
(Wax Drawings of the Subconscious and Natural Forces)

Drawings from 2014 - 2016.

Ensimmäinen näyttelyni Vaasassa Pääkirjastossa 02.01. - 27.01. 2017

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

Rinta-Perälä answers some questions

Why did you become an artist and a composer?

Genes and curiosity. I inherited music, drawing and manic depression from my father. He wasn't artistic and only made one oil painting of a sunset. I have always liked strong feelings that are hard to explain, moods and the power of melodies. At daycare I drew a crying homeless man. Later I started watching horror movies and drawing reproductions of movie posters. It was the first time I imagined all kinds of moods, moments and images. I was also inspired by soundtracks, classical and folk music. Most of my first album was written around 2002 and it was finished in 2012.
 My manic depression started in 2010 when I was 25. I don't have bad symptoms anymore and that's why I'm able to work, but the illness gave me a new perspective. I started listening to my subconscious and listing my favourite artists (symbolism, expressionism and surrealism). I composed "Whisper Faith" in December 2013 and the artwork, done in 2014, was my first wax drawing. The roughness of German expressionism made me buy wax crayons, but I don't care where these drawings belong specifically.

Where do you get your ideas?

I do these things for complex emotional reasons. My ideas are unconscious and emotional. My notebook is filled with small drawings, words and phrases. I also experiment with a camera. You can never predict what all these little seeds will produce. Dreams can also provide seeds, but usually an image or a word appears in my mind when I'm awake or waking up soon after I've fallen asleep. I'm visiting some other area in my brain. This area makes some kind of connections between things. One thought leads to another. Sometimes it happens when I'm going through random things. It's an interesting combination of "I need to tell you this" and "what did you mean by that". I can play with ideas and shapes without apologising. No one is keeping an eye on you. It's an exciting challenge. The subconscious and natural forces inspire me. I can't tell them what to do.

Why do you love art?

Falling in love with works of art is one of the best things I can think of. It's a reason to live. It's not a strange thing to do. I ask myself "does it feel interesting". You always have to ask yourself. Stop and get close. That's how you can fall in love. I don't have to ask "am I understanding it correctly" or "what sort of person does this or that". Artistic ideas are always part of my happiness. Edgar Allan Poe and Monty Python contribute equally to my happiness. I've also seen a lot of darkness, but I can never know darkness from beginning to end. It's not just what you think it is. I want to be surprised.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Favourite images from horror films

1 & 2. Herk Harvey: Carnival of Souls (1962)
3. Roman Polanski: Repulsion (1965)
4. Stanley Kubrick: The Shining (1980)
5. Ridley Scott: Alien (1979)
6. William Lustig: Maniac (1980)
7 & 8. Dario Argento: Suspiria (1977)
9. Robert Wiene: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
10. Sam Raimi: The Evil Dead (1981)
11. Tobe Hooper: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
12. Alfred Hitchcock: Psycho (1960)
13. Alan Ormsby: Deranged (1974)
14. F. W. Murnau: Nosferatu (1922)
15. Carl Theodor Dreyer: Vampyr (1932)
16. Pupi Avati: The House with Laughing Windows (1976)

Favourite films top 50

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Haluton - Unwilling

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Linnaton - Castleless

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Katkennut - Snapped

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Seisova - Standing

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Antaja - Giver

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Varjo - Shadow

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Haalistuva - Fading

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Luuranko - Skeleton

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Hymyilevä - Smiling

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lukko - Lock

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Roikkuva - Hanging

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Syitä - Reasons

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Tanssi - Dance

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

My Finnish heroes

Martti Pokela

Martti Pokela (1924-2007) was a Finnish composer and folk musician who played the kantele (Finnish national instrument). One of my early musical influences (first album), also helped me discover the new darker and dreamlike direction (after 2014).

MY FAVOURITE WORKS: Kalevalainen Sävelmä (Kalevala Composition), Muut Ne Kuuli Kirkonkellot (Others Heard the Church Bells), Marraskuu (November), Riekko Hangella (Willow Grouse on Snow), Seitakivi (Seita Stone), Unna Ulla Nunnu

Hugo Simberg

Hugo Simberg (1873–1917) was a Finnish symbolist artist. He painted dreamlike visions, devils and death figures with love. "Haavoittunut enkeli" (Wounded Angel) is one of Finland's favourite paintings.

MY FAVOURITE WORK: Näky (Vision, or Waiting for Dawn)

Jean Sibelius

No, he's not French. Johan Julius Christian ”Jean” Sibelius (1865-1957) is the most famous Finnish composer. Growing up in Finland it is very hard to avoid "Finlandia", specifically the Finlandia hymn. He was fascinated by Finnish folk music and folklore as was I when I wrote my first album.

MY FAVOURITE WORKS: Andante Festivo, Finlandia, Elegia, Tuonelan joutsen (Swan of Tuonela), Sydämeni laulu (Song of My Heart), Kullervo Symphony

"One must live every note" - Jean Sibelius's decades in music (2015)

 Mana Mana

Melancholic rock band originally active from 1986 to 1991. They recorded one of my favourite albums "Totuus Palaa" (Truth Is Burning), 1990. Simple and honest walls of guitars with an interesting touch of mystique that will tear your heart out.

The true face of Finland

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Art quotations

"Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish."

"Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels."
Francisco Goya

"Everything in art is an aside."
Ray Bradbury

"A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art."
Paul Cezanne

"In order to move others deeply we must deliberately allow ourselves to be carried away beyond the bounds of our normal sensibility."
Joseph Conrad

"The chief enemy of creativity is "good" sense."
Pablo Picasso

"The hidden harmony is better than the obvious."
Pablo Picasso

"Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye... it also includes the inner pictures of the soul."
Edvard Munch

"Nothing exists; all is a dream. God — man — the world — the sun, the moon, the wilderness of stars — a dream, all a dream; they have no existence. Nothing exists save empty space — and you! ... And you are not you — you have no body, no blood, no bones, you are but a thought."
Mark Twain

"Whether the wholly harmonious mind exists - the mind equally balanced between thought and feeling, between intuition and sensation - is perhaps doubtful, but surely that is the ideal towards which we ought to strive. Only such a mind can appreciate the fullness and richness of life. If we come to the conclusion that this complete and harmonious being cannot exist in our modern form of society, then our aim should be to change that form of society until such a life becomes possible. In this great aim, in which the energies of humanity will be absorbed for centuries to come, a right understanding of the nature of art and of the function of the artist is fundamental."
Herbert Read: To Hell with Culture (1963)

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Valo - Light

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Demoni - Demon

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Lampi - Pond

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Favourite films top 50

My favourite films based on close emotional relationships. From 1920s to 1990s and mainly horror. As a child I drew and painted reproductions of horror posters. It was the first time I started imagining all kinds of moods, moments and visual ideas. Usually the plot wasn't the most impressive thing. Not much has changed.

1920 Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari
1928 La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc
1932 Vampyr
1933 Duck Soup
1954 Rear Window
1955 Les Diaboliques
1958 Vertigo
1960 Peeping Tom
1960 Psycho
1961 The Innocents
1963 I tre volti della paura
1964 Sei donne per l'assassino
1964 Kwaidan
1965 Repulsion
1966 Operazione paura
1968 Kuroneko
1968 2001: A Space Odyssey
1968 Rosemary's Baby
1970 L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo
1971 A Clockwork Orange
1971 Duel
1972 Non si sevizia un paperino
1973 The Exorcist
1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
1974 Black Christmas
1975 Profondo Rosso
1975 Dog Day Afternoon
1976 La casa dalle finestre che ridono
1976 The Tenant
1976 The Omen
1976 Carrie
1977 Eraserhead
1977 Suspiria
1978 Dawn of the Dead
1979 Life of Brian
1979 Alien
1980 Maniac
1980 The Shining
1981 The Evil Dead
1982 The Thing
1983 Videodrome
1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street
1985 Re-Animator
1986 The Hitcher
1987 Angel Heart
1987 Hellraiser
1989 Tetsuo
1990 Misery
1992 Candyman
1992 Fire Walk with Me

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Tulvia - Floods

Electronic / experimental.
Music, production and image by Rinta-Perälä

Monday, June 6, 2016

Ennuskaste - Omen Dew

Electronic classical.
Music, production and image by Rinta-Perälä

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Vanhus - Elderly

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Soitin - Instrument

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Kangas - Canvas

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Kosketus - Touch

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.

Sanaton - Wordless

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2016.