UPDATE on May 24, 2015: Since I am doing a lot of mixed media digital collage art at this point of my life, most of my new work can be found at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/helena-tiainen.html and customizable prints and cards of these can be ordered directly via Fine Art America. Many images are also available on customizable throw pillows/covers and duvets in assorted sizes as well as on iPad and iPhone cases. My art is available for licensing via Pixels.com, which is a branch of Fine Art America. I am creating a lot of work with The Joy of Design series of paintings and otherwise as well. Click on the link and see for yourself!
*You will now find practical everyday products adorned with images of Helena Tiainen's art, items suitable for gifting and designs for visual pleasure at zazzle.com/HelenaTiainenDesigns* and at http://www.cafepress.com/helenatiainendesigns
*You can now purchase greeting cards and museum quality framed or unframed giclee/ciclee prints of Helena Tiainen's art in a variety of sizes and options at: www.helena-tiainen.artistwebsites.com.
Prices start at 6.40/one card, remarkable discounts are offered on larger orders of cards. The prints start at 32.00/one print. Take a look, you have many options to choose from. The link is listed above.
*Helena Tiainen is now featured on Houzz at http://www.houzz.com/pro/htiai/__public/helena-tiainen
ABOUT HELENA TIAINEN:
Helena Tiainen is originally from Helsinki, Finland and arrived in the United States in August 1979. She is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) with a BFA major in painting and drawing. Helena Tiainen lives and works in Berkeley, California. She is self-employed as a designer, organizer, translator and an active visual artist. She has participated in many group and solo exhibitions and has helped plan and create several local art events. Helena Tiainen is currently a member of ProArts and of the Nordic5Arts of the Bay Area. http://www.nordic5arts.com/artists/tiainen_helena/tiainen_helena.html. Her art is part of a number of collections in the USA and Northern Europe. A resume of her exhibits is available by request.
Helena Tiainen accepts art commissions that fit her style, price range and media. All of her original paintings and drawings for sale are one of a kind unique creations crafted with high quality materials. You can order giclee/ciclee prints and greeting cards of some of these paintings and drawings via Fine Art America at www.helena-tiainen.artistwebsites.com. You can also contact Helena Tiainen directly regarding buying or commissioning her original art by clicking on the "Contact" option or from the "Commissions" page.
ABOUT BEING AN ARTIST:
Helena Tiainen's artwork is mainly about the mystery and wonder of the world and the universe we live in. She deals with both inner and outer realities and sees her paintings as abstract and figurative. Her art is a study in the interconnectedness of all life. It is an ongoing exploration into oneness and wholeness.
Helena Tiainen's work is unique and is not currently part of any particular art movement or trend. Her paintings are surreal, organic, fractal, figurative, geometric, symbolic, decorative, abstract and contemporary. Whether simplified or plentiful, patterns and repetition create strong movement and flow in her work. Her paintings and drawings deal mainly with universal concepts and are based on her perceptions of life and the very illusive nature of reality.
ABOUT SUBJECT MATTER, PROCESS, INSPIRATION AND CHOSEN MEDIA:
Helena Tiainen often paints and draws what are usually considered the more etherial and delicate sides of life. But the forms in her paintings and drawings are also often metaphors and represent ways that she as a human being relates to the world and the cosmos at large. She chooses forms and colors that hold meaning and feeling to her and she paints and draws that which has an impact on her. She likes to delve deep into the spirit of her subject matter as she consciously and subconsciously perceives it. She trusts her feelings and ideas/cues that come to her while painting and drawing and creating art and follows them in making choices on the canvas and paper and even the computer screen. Often these choices are so fast that there is no real analytic thinking process involved. If she does not get an instant "yes" feeling about a choice made, she may need to step back and take a good look at the picture from a distance. The process of painting and drawing and creating art has taught her much about the process of life itself.
What really calls out for Helena Tiainen artistically is the mysterious, the radiant, the hidden and the intimate in the every day as well as in the so called peak experiences. She is very attracted to beauty and balance and some of her work has humorous as well as edgy aspects to it. Her orientation in life as well as in art is mainly spiritual and sensual with intellect playing a supportive but very important role. Her greatest muse is nature and her imagination but she has also been very influenced by many artists that came before her. Among these artists are Georgia O'Keeffe, Mark Rothko, African, Aboriginal and Native American Primitive and Tribal Art, Kandinsky, Malevich, Paul Klee and Henri Matisse to name a few. Of Finnish artists her greatest influence has been Gallen-Kallela. Other well known people whose life philosophies have had a deep influence on Helena Tiainen include Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. She has also been influenced by many Eastern philosophies and ways of thinking. Helena Tiainen draws her inspiration from her surroundings and experiences, both familiar and new, micro and macro, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. She believes that one cannot take the artist out of their art. If the artist is true to themselves the product they produce is very much a reflection of them and the unique way that they experience life in human form. At its highest level this experience becomes universal and many others can identify with the artist's experience or have the art open up new possibilities of seeing and being for them.
There are times that Helena Tiainen is inspired to paint or draw from real life/models but more often she paints and draws from her memory, feelings and imagination and almost certainly in any of her work she has at some point gone into using material from her inner experiences. She likes to paint with water media, acrylics and watercolors, because of the spontaneity and flow that these allow. She also likes to push her limits and experiment with new media and different ways of using a familiar one. Her folded canvas and mixed media sculptural paintings are a good example of this. In her folded canvas paintings she manipulates cut pieces of canvas to create folded 3-D forms that are attached on the stretched canvas or canvas board with acrylic mediums and later painted with acrylics. In her mixed media paintings she uses anything from beads to found/recycled objects and acrylic paints and mediums to create the desired results. Helena Tiainen's ink drawings are also highly innovative in their multi-dimensional presentation. Recently Helena has also started manipulating some of her paintings and drawings digitally. Her The Joy of Design series compilation arrangements are a good example of what can be achieved by digitally manipulating a painting or a group of paintings. You can view these works at www.helena-tiainen.artistwebsites.com
ABOUT ARTISTIC PURPOSE:
For Helena Tiainen art is continuous exploration of both the unknown and the so called familiar. It is an attempt to see with an open heart. She feels that all art aims at capturing a glimpse of the essential nature of that which is being observed and experienced. To her making art is also play and she often gets joy out of the act of painting and drawing. She hopes to bring wonder and pleasure to others thru her creations.
Helena Tiainen welcomes inquiries concerning her work. You can contact her via this web site.
Reminder: Copyright laws are in effect. DO NOT USE ANY IMAGES ON THIS SITE WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE ARTIST.
Nordic 5 Arts Exhibit Catalog: “Runes Revealed”, Exhibit Dates: July 11 - August 10, 2014, www.nordic5arts.com
"Women in Art 278" Magazine Published by Liesl Marelli, "Finnish-American Artist Helena Tiainen: Painting", January 2014. https://issuu.com/lieslmarelli/docs/women_in_art_278_january2014/13?e=0
Painterskeys.com Community Newsletter, selected responses to articles published, 2003-2013.
City of El Cerrito News, “City Hall Gallery Space Exhibit: Here and There, Local Artist Helena Tiainen Featured”, February, 2010.
Argenti Media, “Seared with Ink, Portraits of Life in Poetry and Prose", an illustration for a poem titled "The Wedding Plate" by Stephen Ferrandi, November 2009. http://searedwithink.com/
Tikkun Daily Blog, "Being One", an article and "Darkness and Light: The Drawings of Helena Tiainen", an interview by Phillip Barcio, September 16, 2009. http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/art-gallery/helena-tiainen/ and http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2009/09/16/darkness-and-light-drawings-of-helena-tiainen/
Nordic 5 Arts Exhibit Catalog: “Going North”, Exhibit Dates: August 14 - October 30, 2009, www.nordic5arts.com
Nordic 5 Arts Exhibit Catalog: "Nordic Mysteries", Exhibit Dates: October 19 - November 28, 2007, www.nordic5arts.com
San Fran Voice, http://www.sanfranvoice.com/sf-art-speaks-an-interview-with-helena-tiainen/ SF Art Speaks:
“An Interview with Helena Tiainen", May 14, 2007.
Bayarts News, http://bayart-news.livejournal.com/17390.html , article, "Helena Tiainen", April 23, 2006.
VIEW AND BUY HELENA TIAINEN'S ART AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:
Giclee/Ciclee prints and cards: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/helena-tiainen.html
Original art at Yessy On-line Art Gallery: http://www.yessy.com/HelenaTiainen/bio.html
Items with artistic flair for practical and decorative purposes: zazzle.com/HelenaTiainenDesigns*
Buy & Sell Art at the Yessy.com Art Gallery