In his oil paintings, Sami Lukkarinen (b. 1976) examines the relationship between the digital image and painting as well as the phenomenon associated with profile images from social media and artificial intelligence. Lukkarinen creates an intermediate space with his large, pixilated paintings in which two opposite methods of presentation meet.
Pictures from the computer screen swarm around in small clumps. These pictures Lukkarinen creates as large oil paintings by examining every pixel’s colour tone, one at a time. He mixes the correlating tone with oil paints and paints it with a palette knife on the canvas. The boundaries painted by the palette knife remain sharp; they overlap over and over again, forming a three-dimensional surface on the painting. The tight organization of pixels in the digital image breaks down as the work progresses, as differently sized and directional palette-knife strokes create an individual rhythm for the painting. The works also contain a spatial element: when the works are viewed from up close, the impression is one of abstract and painted, but when viewed from further off, the figure becomes more precise.
Lukkarinen graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2001. His works are in the collections of several museums and foundations, such as Kiasma and the Saastamoinen Foundation. In addition to private showings, he has participated in many group exhibitions in Finland and abroad. Lukkarinen lives and works in Helsinki.
Sami Lukkarinen, Artificial IV2019, oil on canvas, 180x180cm
Sami Lukkarinen, Artificial IX2020, oil on canvas, 100x100cm
Sami Lukkarinen, Artificial XI2020, oil on canvas, 60x48cm
Sami Lukkarinen, Artificial XII2020, oil on canvas, 200x160cm
Sami Lukkarinen, Artificial XIII2020, oil on canvas, 60x48cm
Sami Lukkarinen, Johanna2015, oil on canvas, 240x180cm, Clarion Hotel Helsinki
Sami Lukkarinen, Der Neue Mensch, Galerie von Braunbehrens, Stuttgart, 2020
Sami Lukkarinen, Dream of a Human Being2021, Installation with Roope Mokka, Mänttä Art Festival
Sami Lukkarinen, Latent Space2021, Installation with Roope Mokka, Kunsthalle Turku