Starry Night

Märkälä's characteristic pink and green rhododendrons have recently started to be accompanied by lights at the edges of darknesses. While painting, Märkälä has thought about the night that she spent sleeping under the stars in a desert and how sailors used to navigate with the help of the stars.

She has thought about the starry sky and how light pollution is changing the world, causing insect populations to decline, disrupting the natural rhythm of both people and animals and decreasing the production of 'the darkness hormone,' melatonin. Light pollution also makes space and the stars almost impossible to observe.

Märkälä paints in layers and wants to paint light on top as a reminder of the good aspects and beauty of life.

Exhibition View from Starry Night exhibition at Merimuseo Vellamo, Kotka 2020

Starry Night -Exhibition at Merikeskus Vellamo, Kotka. Filmed by Leo Märkälä and Merja Lanki-Märkälä. Music is Leevi Madetoja's Elegy for Strings, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra (1995), conductor Jorma Panula.

From Starry Night series, 195x100cm, oil on canvas, 2020

From Starry Night series, 195x100cm, oil on canvas, 2020

From Starry Night series, 195x100cm, oil on canvas, 2020

From Starry Night series, 195x100cm, oil on canvas, 2020

From Starry Night series, 195x100cm, oil on canvas, 2020

From Starry Night series, 185x155cm, oil on canvas, 2020

From Starry Night series, 110x130cm, oil on canvas, 2020, private collection

Skyfall series


From Adele's Song Skyfall
Apocalyptical Paintings exhibition at Gallery Katariina 2016

Where You go I go, what You see I see, oil on canvas, size 110cm x 130cm, year 2016

I know I´d never be me without the security of Your loving arms keeping me from harm, oil on canvas, size 155cm x 185 cm, year 2016

Let the sky fall, White, oil on canvas, size 94cm x 80 cm, year 2016

That Skyfall, oil on canvas, 52cm x 40,5cm, 2016

Skyfall is where we start, oil on canvas, size 80cm x 65cm year 2016, private collection

Hold Your Breath and Count to Ten, size 155cm x 130cm, oil on canvas, year 2016

Skyfall, oil on canvas, size 155cm x 130cm, year 2016

From Adele's song The End, oil on canvas, size 155cm x 185 cm, year 2016

Face it all together, oil on canvas, size 89cm x 73cm, year 2015

Feel the earth move and then hear my heart burst again, oil on canvas, size 155cm x 130 cm, year 2016