Roope Itälinna

Born 1990  |  Lives and works in Turku, Finland


Seen from a distance Roope Itälinna’s realistic oil paintings that mirror a moment in time resemble enlarged snapshot photographs. As the starting point for his paintings Itälinna uses photographs and his works are predominantly photorealistic. Photorealism involves an attempt to depict the world with the sharpness of a photograph,thus making it possible to manipulate reality by adding to or subtracting from the picture items that the artist wants or does not want on the canvas. This style of painting combines the imaginary and the real world in realistic works.


Itälinna devotes a lot of time to planning his paintings; the crucial factor being which part of the photograph to keep on the canvas and which to leave out. The intense atmosphere of the works is generated by juxtaposing a hyperrealistic human being with a simplified, blurred background; thus also leaving room for the viewer’s own observations and associations.


The moments suspended on canvas reflect everyday life, like the snapshot photos on which they are based. The rapid, incomplete photograph taken in the blink of an eye is an honest depiction of everyday life and its various moods. The atmosphere radiated by the paintings is at the same time wistful and melancholy, but also restful and full of promise.


Interpreted, modified realism is manifested well in Edward Hopper’s naturalistic, yet selective paintings. In them the reproduction of reality reflects the artist’s own character more than it does the real world. Similarly, Itälinna moulds his works to conform to what he has observed and experienced, while leaving room for the viewer to identify with them.