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Juhani Tuominen


Artist of the Month

Korundi House of Culture, Rovaniemi

Everyday at 11-18

You can also listen to the paintings

Juhani Tuominen was born in Oulu 1949. He has been living and working in Rovaniemi since the early 1990s, and occasionally also in Istanbul. Tuominen was graduated as a painter from the School of Art Academy of Finland in 1974.

During the last quarter of a century, Juhani Tuominen’s paintings have depicted interiors of Turkish tombs (türbe). In this exhibition, the painting concentrates on depicting the sounds of a tanbur improvisation (tanbur taksim) reflected from the walls of a nameless türbe. Tanbur belongs to the family of Turkish saz-instruments.

Other three paintings in this exhibition, concentrate on depicting the everyday colours and lights of the city of Istanbul reflected on the imagined inside walls of the tombs, moments caught in the quiet interiors – perhaps some kind of sanctity of the ordinary. The sounds of the surrounding area and its music are also present in these paintings. The lingering and contemplative music of both the ud (Arab lute) and tanbur resembles the soundscape of the areas on the edges of the big city.

Buselik tanbur taksim 2013-2015, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 300 cm. Photo: Arto Liiti.
I Kasımpaşa, 2012, acrylic and paper on wood, 37 x 51 cm
II Kasımpaşa, 2012, acrylic and paper on canvas, 50 x 60 cm
I Eminönü, 2011, acrylic on wood, 24 x 30 cm