Sampo Kaikkonen is a Finnish figurative painter. His main media is oil painting respecting the technique and style of the old masters.
The athmosphere in Kaikkonen's works is timeless, people are without any symbols of specific era and the lanscape is universal. Beside the dominant human figures another strong factor in his works is emotion which mediates through his themes, expression and colours.
With his painting Kaikkonen satisfies his endless desire to explore the world and to wonder its miracles. "To paint is an expedition to hidden layers of reality."
I am not a painter nor an artist - I am a storyteller. My paintings are like secret doors of childhood through which one can step into an eternal place forgotten in a hurry of our time.
I tell stories with my brush. Slowly, layer by layer I blow the spirit into the painting. Eventually something pure seems to breathe below the layers, something that touches and moves us inside.
Each one of my oil paintings is like a small frozen moment. How did the story begin? Where does it lead? The symbolism and occasional surrealism feed the imagination. The spirit of Baroque in forms of color and chiaroscuro remove the works from our time. Yet there is something fresh that moves the people of today. My figurative works are easily approachable. Art World's grammar is not needed - the paintings are here and now.
Narrativeness and sentimentality separate my paintings from mainstream contemporary art. After all, they are the features of kitsch rather than art. I'm a representative of the international Kitsch movement that provides alternative to the institutionalized art. I've also worked as a student and assistant of the movement's lead character the Norwegian Odd Nerdrum.
I am walking in big footsteps. Along this hidden path went Caravaggio, Rembrandt and many other giants. I follow the golden cape of my idol. My footprints are still small, but they are of importance to me and to everyone whose heart is marked by my story.
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