Tamara Piilola (b. 1977) is a Finnish visual artist using painting as her medium. She studied at the Turku Arts Academy and in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. Long stays abroad, mainly in France and Germany have influenced her work.

“Tamara Piilola’s large canvases of imaginary landscapes present viewers with startling experiences of nature. These detailed views, full of mystery and light, colour and verdancy, draw viewers to their essence and idea. These are not recognisable landscapes but the creations of countless memories stored over time as photographs and sketches. Thin layers of paint, bold fluent brushstrokes and the use of pure pigments combine to flood the paintings with light.

Landscapes do not always have to be beautiful. Piilola paints wastelands, timber stacks and dunghills, cleverly emphasising their decorativeness. She depicts decaying beauty and allows natural forms to blend into almost abstract surfaces. Occasionally a strong light stops all life in the painting. The surfaces are covered with bright pure colours. These highly detailed landscapes appear to be divorced from the world. They have a special feeling of stagnation, landscapes are memories in the same way as photographs. Glimpses, images, strictly cropped fragments of something real surrounding the picture.”

Veikko Halmetoja
Art Critic

Piilola’s works are included in collections such as the Jenny and Antti Wihuri foundation, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Didrichsen Art Museum and HAM Helsinki Art Museum collections. She received the Didrichsen Pro Arte award at 2016 including an exhibition in the museum wing at Didrichsen Art Museum in Helsinki, Finland. She is currently living and working in Helsinki.

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Visual Artist, b. 1977
Lives and works in Helsinki, Finland

EDUCATION
2008 MA, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
2010-11 Hochshule für Grafik Und Buchkunst, Leipzig, Germany
2003 BA in Fine Arts, Arts Academy at Turku Polytechnic, Finland
1999 Primary Studies in Mediaculture & Arts, Swedish Art School, Nykarleby, Finland

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 FLORA, TM-gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2016 TAMARA PIILOLA, Didrichsen Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2015 TEN YEARS LATER, Korjaamo gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2014 STOWAWAY, Galleria Valo, Arktikum, Rovaniemi, Finland
2013 PAINTINGS, Taidesalonki Husa, Tampere, Finland
2012 HER NECKLACE WAS CLIPPED AND HER PEARLS SPRAYED EVERYWHERE, Korjaamo gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2010 ROTTING IN PARALLEL, TM-gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2008 IT’S RAINING, THE EARTH BLOOMS, Gallery Aarni, Espoo, Finland
2008 VALERIANA, Gallery Ama, Turku, Finland
2008 SUPERNATURAL, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2007 GOD, Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, Finland
2007 LOVE IS SIMPLE, Lasipalatsi exhibition space, Helsinki, Finland
2007 AT TIMES I CAN TASTE THE SWEETNESS OF DEATH, Lahti Art Brewery, Finland
2006 HOW TO BE A TOWER OF IVORY OR A HOUSE OF GOLD, Espace Lissa Gbassa, Grand-Popo, Benin, Africa
2006 FOR THE HEART IS AN ORGAN OF FIRE, Raatihuone Gallery, Turku, Finland
2005 HIDDEN GARDEN, Gallery Pirkko-Liisa Topelius, Helsinki, Finland
2004 IN THE PAINTING, Ateljee Bar, Helsinki, Finland
2003 PRIVACY, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum, Studio, Turku, Finland
2000 LILITH’S DREAM, Coop, Turku, Finland

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016 THE FLOODED JUNGLE, Kerava Art Museum, Finland
2014 HEARTSIDE UP, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland, with artists Heini Aho and Sirkku Ketola
2013 PEARLS, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
2012 RAJANTAJU, Art Center Purnu, Orivesi, Finland
2011 PARALLEL REALITIES, Galleri Kakelhallen, Mariehamn, Åland , Finland (with Heini Aho)
2010 CONDITION OK! Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
2010 GOOD MORNING AFRICA, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland
2009 THE YOUNG 2009, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland
2009 PEOPLE DRAWING PEOPLE, South Carelia Art Museum, Finland
2009 NEW MASTERS SHOW, Galleria Fafa, Helsinki, Finland
2008 SCONFINAMENTI, Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome, Italy
2008 NEW PAINTING, Lahti Art Museum, Finland
2007 BEASTS, PLANTS & PORCELAIN-WHITE, Quartair Gallery, Den Haag, The Netherlands
2007 AMERICA, Art Center Lovely, Heinola, Finland
2005 EMPIRE AND NOSTALGY, with H. Aho, Gallery Kakelhallen, Mariehamn, Åland, Finland
2004 WANDERLUST, with H. Aho, Rajatila Gallery, Tampere, Finland
2004 SKJL 66th SHOW, Rovaniemi Art Museum, Finland
2004 THE FOREST, Aho, Ketola, Piilola, Poriginal gallery, Pori, Finland
2004 FULL CIRCLE, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2003 ”50/50: A No Name Show”, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2002 STUDENTS OF TURUN PIIRUSTUSKOULU, Forum Box, Helsinki, Finland
1999 FINAL WORKS, En Galleri, Nykarleby, Finland

PUBLIC ARTWORKS & AWARDS
2016 Didrichsen Pro Arte Award, Didrichsen Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
2010 VIRGINIAS’ TREE, Kindergarten Leppäsuo, Helsinki, Finland
2003 AURAT, 1st Price in Public artwork competition, Turku School of Economics, Finland
2002 TEN-PENNY CHANDELIER, with Aho & Ketola, Turku Arts Academy, Finland

WORKS IN COLLECTIONS
Arts Academy at Turku Polytechnic
City of Mariehamn, Åland
Finnish Art Society
HAM Helsinki Art Museum
Heinola Art Museum
Hotel Torni, Helsinki
Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation | Rovaniemi Art Museum
Salo Art Museum
Sara Hildén Foundation | Sara Hildén Art Museum
Turku City Collection | The Museum Centre of Turku
Turku School of Economics
Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum

ARTIST RECIDENCIES
2016 Artist villa in Bali, Indonesia
2015,-13Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2014 Arenys de Mar, Spain
2014 Wihuri Foundation´s artist recidence in Rovaniemi, Finland
2013 Casa Finlandese in Grassina, Florence, Italy
2011 Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, USA
2011 Suomi-house in St. Petersburg, Russia
2010 Kone Foundation, Saari recidence, Finland
2009, -08Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
2009 Foundation of the Finnish Institute at Athens, Greece
2008 Skandinavisk Förenings Kunstnerhus Circolo Scandinavo, Rome, Italy
2006 Villa Karo, Grand Popo, Benin, Africa
2006 Hotel Chevillon, Grez-sur-Loing, Paris, France

MEMBERSHIPS
Finnish Painters‘ Union
Helsinki Artists’ Association
Kuvasto (a  Finnish copyright protector organization)

BIBLIOGRAPHY
2016 Didricsenin taidemuseon julkaisut, Pro Arte 2016 – Tamara Piilola
2016 Harri Mäcklin, ”Upeat maisemat löysivät täydellisen paikan Didrichsenin taidemuseosta”, Helsingin sanomat 8.6.2016
2016 Synnove Rabb, ”Lovsång och elegi”, HBL 4.6.2016
2015 Rovaniemen Taidemuseo 2009-14, Wihurin Rahaston kokoelmaluettelo
2015 Harri Mäcklin ”Unimaisemat siivittävät Korjaamon joutsenlaulua”, HS 23.4.2015
2014 Richard Kautto ”Tutkija merenneidon matkassa”, Lapin Kansa 6.5.2014
2014 Hannu Vanhanen ”Pyörahtämisen ja räiskeen maalari”, Kide 2/2014
2014 Synnove Rabb ”Utflykt till Underlandet”, Huvudstadsbladet 25.3.2014
2014 Harri Mäcklin ” Metsästäjät-kolmikon erilaiset teokset toimivat yhdessä Taidehallissa”, HS 11.3.2014
2014 Bon Sauvage – Luovuuden synty, Toim. Piilola, Ketola, Aho, Kust. Oy. Taide 2014
2013 Karla Löfgren “Jännitteitä pintakiillon alla”, Aamulehti 14.3.2013
2012 Veikko Halmetoja “Maisema kuultaa läpi”, Helsingin Sanomat, 31.10.2012
2011 Mattsson-Eklund, Benita “Livets parallella verkligheter” Ålandstidningen, 16.9.2011
2010 Condition OK! –catalog, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
2008 Heikki Merihaara “Puutarhoja joissa näkki voi viedä”, Länsiväylä, 10.12.2008
2008 Sconfinamenti, dalla buona pittura alla video-art, catalog 2008, Italy
2007 Haltia, Mia “Tarinoita paratiisista”, Turun Sanomat, 21.10.2007
2007 Parikka, Jaana “Valokuvamaisia öljymaalauksia”, Etelä-Suomen Sanomat 16.6.07
2006 Tykkyläinen, Mia “Tulen roihu ja virtaava vesi”, Turun Sanomat, 25.9.2006
2006 von Wright, Heidi “Botanisk konst & konst i botanik”, Åbo Underrättelser,9.9.2006
2006 Mezian, Rim “Taiteilija viherpeukalo”, Turun Sanomat, 30.8.2006
2005 Salokorpi, Asko ”Uudelleen löydettu paratiisi”, Uutispäivä Demari, 26.7.2005
2004 Saarela, Katri ”Artist portrait, Tamara Piilola”, Liekki, Radio Dei 6.10.2004
2004 Oikarinen, Maaria ”Kuoleman kanssa”, Taide 6/04
2004 Heljakka, Kati ”Nuorten taitureiden taikametsä”, Satakunnan Kansa, 4.12.2004
2004 Nyrhinen, Tiina ”Kulttuurivaihtoa ja turismin haaveita”, Aamulehti, 2.4.2004
2004 Rouhiainen, Anne ”Madonna näyttäytyy Tornissa”, Helsingin Sanomat, 19.2.2004
2003 Antinluoma, Iina ”Huoneet meissä”, Turun Sanomat, 12.6.2003

MISC
2016 Finnish Painters‘ Union, exhibition committee membership, Helsinki
2007- Artists Association Arte, exhibition committee membership, Turku
2004-2005 Artists Association Arte, administrative member
1999-2000 Primary Studies in Art History, Turku University

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