NIGHTLESS NIGHT - Reidar Särestöniemi 1.6.-8.9.2013

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Reidar Särestöniemi was the foremost Lappish artist of hos time. He rose to nationwide fame in the 1960s and was greatly esteemed by collectors and the cultural elite alike. He is particulary famous for his intence and colourful paintings of Lappish themes that incorporate allusions to prehistoric art and to the great names of moderism.

In the spring of 2012, the City of Rovaniemi and the Kirsi and Keio Eerikäinen Art Foundation signed an agreement on depositing Reidar Särestöniemi’s works of art owned by the foundation to the Rovaniemi Art Museum. In addition to the collection of art in the Särestöniemi Museum in Kaukonen, Kittilä, another notable collection of his art thus came to Lapland.

Art by Reidar Särestöniemi is firmly anchored in his home environment. In his paintings, we can find sunny summer nights, autumn colours, snowy fells, reindeer, willow grouses and the yard of Särestö at night. These images convey a poetic and dreamy state of mind to a viewer – a world where snowy spots play, fish get lost, reindeer become lunatic and rams fly in the sky