Artist interview: Timo Tyynismaa
Timo Tyynismaa is an architect from Oulu, and as a counterbalance to their work, Tyynismaa focuses on arts, especially on painting murals. Tyynismaa has been drawing and painting for as long as the artist remembers. Even though Tyynismaa’s interest in mathematics took them to study architecture, arts have always been his companion. Tyynismaa has tested all kinds of instruments: from an airbrush to a tattoo pen.
“Graffiti spray paints five years ago was so-called love at first sight,” the artist says. Even though Tyynismaa is relatively new in the street art scene, his hunger to learn and evolve is high.
– Making street art feels especially good because the work is immediately published and at the “gallery.” Sometimes I get feedback while painting.
When Tyynismaa has no restrictions or rules on what he should do, he can “walk to the wall and go for it.” He pursues to make their artwork fit the environment. For instance, animals and using colors have felt natural for Tyynismaa to paint to the grey surroundings built by people.
– I paint very intuitively, and I’m not sure if I even have my own recognizable style yet. I had an exhibition at Pasilan Katutaidekeskus, and the curator said that looking at the work, you could think that this joint exhibition of different artists.
Hunting his own style and the ongoing process of evolving technique and stylistic approach inspires Tyynismaa in the sense that one can never reach up to the high point because there will always be levels that you can reach out for as an artist. As far as his artwork goes, Tyynismaa wishes that he won’t get a reputation for painting only animal-related pictures because the objects of his interest can and will change over time.
– Organic topics feel most like my thing now. I don’t know what will interest me in few years. I find the exploration of the encounters between opposites fascinating because they create easily tension and something to think about.
From Tyynismaa’s artwork at Keran Hallit, one can find nature and urbanity opposing, but then again overlapping. The artwork has a city girl slav squatting and holding a cranberry picker, and there are two “cranberry sniffers surround her.
– I started with the thought that I will not paint animals, and human characters were next in line.
According to Tyynismaa, the work needed symmetry and adding different ethnicities felt natural. The rest came with the designing process, without any more significant statements, the artist says.
Painting the Keran Hallit gave an excellent opportunity for Tyynismaa to develop his skills. Chatting with the other artists and watching their work progressing was an exciting part of the experience for him. The weather was favoring the painting, and because of his previous experiences with murals, working with such large-scale paintings wasn’t too tricky.
– Somehow, I sensed that there would end up professionals and better doers than me. That kind of situation is the best regarding your skill development.
Tyynismaa wishes that in the future, other cities in Finland will take a note from the capital area and will start using empty buildings and spaces for alternative temporary usage. Especially in Tyynismaa’s hometown, Oulu.
– I don’t know if these places demand a certain amount of renters, but someone brave here in Oulu should do something similar..