The History of Pekka Kainulainen´s Art

  • Between Art and Everyday Life

    When thinking about my work as a performance artist it´s easy to admit that it started by force of my everyday life. I knew that my job is to make art. Circumstances at late eighties did not allow me to be a painter, so I had to find some other forms to work. I had to make my dreams and nightmares true by performance art.

    The everyday life was rough, troubles with love and money, first of all with myself.  There were periods with no reason to go to a grocery store but to take a sniff of all those wonderful scents. The aroma of bread and soap gave me faith to continue although the promised land was so far away. Still the star was shining in my heart. The day will come!

    Thanks to pikes of Sammatti we had food even those days when I was totally broke. We hunted many great fishes from the small pound near by the wretched cottage of ours!

    And thanks to the great artist and a friend of mine, Mr. Erkki Pirtola, he was the bond which kept me and world of art connected when I was sinking to the angry waves of life. Even now I can hear Erkkis spirit whispering: "...we have to do it..."

    I´m thankful to my children and their mother, too. They had to face poverty when living with an artist like me. The sculls and bones of moose like the broken computers on our yard were signing our road from the past to modern life. Craziness! But they had to be there, those treasures!

    Today I feel relieved when those days are over. Today is a good day. Art and life are blooming together.  

     

  • Surprising Situations!

    I was investigating my secret archives of the 80´s but I found this file. It´s from the year 1991. Let´s take a look! Before I founded The Federal ...
  • Don´t Ever Give Up!

    Suddenly these memories from far away came into my mind and after all these years and decades I want to say: If stormy days and bad winds try to wi...
  • Back to the Trees

    The year was 1983 and the place was the town of Järvenpää. My interest in arts was growing up but I had not got into the Academy of Fine Arts. I h...
  • Performance Art

      Difficulties with drawing and painting made me so impatient in early 80´s. There has to be some faster way to get in living contact with all thes...
  • The Nature Club Dracula

    Finland was totally different in the 70´s. The young people of those days were sons and daughters of the sons and daughters of the Second World War...
  • Golden Potatoes and Other Daydreams

    In the year 1979 I was a little bit interested in acting. Maybe the magical world of theater would be the home for my restless soul? But I had hea...
  • The Call of The Soul

    Some memories from the past. I was crazy. Or maybe I was just childish. In every case at the age of eighteen I was lost. Like the life would hit my...
  • Landscape as a Face of God

    I see that I´d like to rush to handle my performance art but it´s necessary to show also some paintings from those earlier years and decades. So, I...
  • Outside or inside?

    It was early eighties when I discovered performance art. But before that I painted landscapes and tried to describe human beings. At the same time...
  • To a Gig and Back to Home

    Life is serious, life is absurd! A memory from 1994.   
  • The Stream of Death and Birth

    "From Koitajoki", pastel on paper, 1979. This pastel above I made as a young boy when trying to get an expedition into my family´s history in Nort...