Eeva-Riitta Eerola

Photo: Ilkka Saastamoinen

In her artistic work, Eeva-Riitta Eerola explores the concept of perception and how we understand and experience images. Abstract and recognizable elements vary in Eerola’s expression, working in series as well as creating subtly defined links between the works are in the core of her practice. Through simplification and by minimizing the visual components in her works, Eerola studies the basic elements of painting, their friction and interaction, as well as the processes of viewing. 

The tension between the inner spaces of Eerola’s paintings create powerful depth and movement to the works that communicate strongly with their surrounding space and their viewers. There is a strong sense of presence in the the artist’s works – something you can feel although you might not quite recognise it.

Eeva-Riitta Eerola (b. 1980, Siilinjärvi) graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2010 and also studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris. She has exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions in Finland and abroad, e.g. at Turku Art Museum, Finland in 2017 together with the video artist Jenni Toikka, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, in 2015 and Gallery Jaus, Los Angeles, 2014. Eerola's latest solo show, Locus, was seen at Helsinki Contemporary in January 2022. Eerola's work is represented in a number of Finnish public collections, such as those of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Saastamoinen Foundation, Sara Hildén Art Museum, and the Wihuri Foundation. Eerola worked in the internationally prestigious ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program) residence program in New York in 2016. Eerola has continued her collaboration with Jenni Toikka with a site-specific exhibition, Lighthouse, seen in France, at Maison Louis Carré in September 2019. In 2021, Eerola’s works were shown in Art Center Purnu’s PINTA (surface) summer exhibition and as part of the hanging in Artek Helsinki’s shop.