"Let me remind you who you once were before the world told you otherwise."
Kirsi Salo is a Visual Artist born in Finland in 1984 and currently living and working in her studio in rural farm in County Kerry, Ireland. Most of her works are inspired by people and their internal worlds, whilst having a feel of poetry and movement created with striking colour palettes. Visually her work combines various traditions in fresh appealing way, drawing inspiration from Street Art, Impressionist paintings, Abstract Expressionism and Scandinavian Design Tradition.
Being mainly self-taught shows in her works in an exciting and unprecedented ways that she combines various mediums and mark making. She works in Mixed Media combining Acrylics, Oils and Inks to rougher materials like Charcoals, Pastels and Spray Paint.
Kirsi is and award-winning artist and her artworks have been exhibited Internationally in Galleries and Non-conventional spaces. Her portraits will be available to see at Hambly and Hambly Gallery late 2021.
Her Career was lately featured in an Online Art Biography by MyArtHub. She is a co-creator of Art Share Lab Experimentation, a moderator to one of the biggest Art pages in Facebook and she is an active member of both Kerry Creative Networks and Tralee Art Group.
Kirsi's paintings hang in Private collections around the world Including Europe, US and Africa.
"Kirsi’s work is mental and cannot be theorized, it is a river of memories thrown onto the canvas. It does not need fixed formulas, catalogued and experimented reactions. It is an alchemy of painting and memories."
Artist Interview: https://myarthub.org/blogs/hub-talks/kirsi-salo
What Makes me Paint?
I am alone in my room between two worlds
- Sylvia Plath
I was always intrigued of who people really are. Behind the masks, suits and roles. Who the little girl was before they were told they're too loud, not to wear the orange skirt to school cause it's too bright, not to tiptoe cause they'd never be a real ballerina. To behave. Behave. Forever and always behave. Be quiet, don't cause trouble and behave. Fit to the mold.
After a while the spark dies.
Until slowly you only see the real person in split second moments when they think no one is watching. A small plink of an eye, a quiet sight, downward glance. Heartbeat to see the wild burning heart that was always there, dreams and wild aspirations shut down with quick harmless notions over decades to be a little less.
Transforming memories, stories and feelings into Figurative Art is like picking flowers from a field and connecting them into a perfectly balanced bouquet. For anything to be interesting, there needs to be contrast; beautiful fragile parts combined to tension and darkness, reflecting our human experience.
To me, painting should essentially feel like all the words you did not know how to say. The right image can make you suddenly forget everything or bring everything back to you.
I am myself a constant mess of living here and being someplace completely else. My paintings are an examination of this internal landscape, our human experience, contradictions, dreams we forgot and moments we lost. Essentially who we are.
Keep faith. We're here. Your tribe. And I will try to be more and to show more of me. The little girl who was always too loud. Too out there.
Glad to meet you.
Exhibitions and Awards
2021-2022 Hambly and Hambly, Enniskillen, Enlightment Exhibition and STARK-Exhibitions
2021-2022 Tralee County Museum, "Nostalgia" -Exhibition
12-18th Boomer Gallery, "What is Art- Exhibition" London, UK
2021 Tralee Art Group "Nature", Co. Kerry
2021 Hambly and Hambly, Enniskillen, John Richardson Award Exhibition
2021 Feature, Contemporary Art Curator Magazine
2021 Outdoors pop-up exhibitions, Tralee County Art Chamber
2021 Art Atelier Gallery, DAGAZ Art Second Life- Exhibition
2020 Third Place in Professionals Category- Art Materials Company National Art Competition
2020 Art In the Park, Virtual Group Exhibition, Ireland
2020 Old Vintage Market, Local entrepreneurs showcasing, Killarney, Kerry
2015 “I dream in Colour” Private Exhibition, Woodberry Gallery and Café, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
2001-2004 Annual Group Exhibitions, Tampere City Library, Finland
2020 Limerick School of Art
2017-2020 Studied Under Ann Hennessy, Tubridstudios.ie
2005-2010 Master of Arts in Education
2001-2004 Art High School, Tampere Finland
Works currently available through Hambly and Hambly, Enniskillen or contact me directly.
We accept, PayPal, Account Transfer or Cash as payment currently, you can purchase with a card through myarthub.org
Whatsapp or give us a text or call +353 (0) 896107058
You're welcome to pop into my studio to have a further look at any painting you're interested in, or if that's not possible I am happy to take additional photos or video.
© Please Note all the works are subject to Copyright of Kirsi Salo Art. Please do not use the images or share without permission.