Eeva-Riitta Eerola

Photo: Veikko Kähkönen

Eeva-Riitta Eerola explores the concept of perception and how we understand and experience images. In her abstract paintings the viewer can find traces of recognizable subjects. Eerola mirrors the different means of representation in the feeling of the surface of the painting, and by slowly working on the texture of the material. The artist works with a variety of subjects as her starting point, reconstructing them through the act of painting. Finding new readings of the works through juxtaposition is also part of the process. There is a strong sense of something happening in Eerola’s paintings – something you can feel although you might not 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, The Shape of Thing to Come, was seen at Helsinki Contemporary in the autumn of 2019. 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.