Young Estonian artist Eleriin Ello’s new series of paintings called Closer, displayed at Tallinn Art Hall Gallery from Friday onward, focuses on visual memories of nature.
At first glance, Ello seems to be painting ordinary views of nature and interiors, which are so reserved that you only notice them in a certain meditative moment. Luminous feelings reign in the paintings: support, fondness, tenderness, being together, growing closer, but also a necessary solitude.
“I proceeded from scenes that have fascinated me with their abstraction, rhythm, vibrating and quivering. Some are quite old. My first visual memories consist of the movements of shadows and light, the rain rippling and bubbling in a muddy puddle,” Ello described the inspiration behind the paintings.
The basis for Ello’s recent work is the natural environment, and its inexpressible impact on behaviour and culture in the deeper context. However, in Closer, the nature motifs have been taken beyond the reproduction of nature. The feelings and mental state add a filter to the imitation; attention is focused on certain intimate shades in nature, resulting in an emotional hyperrealism. When formatting her contemplative view into a painting, Ello tries to strike a balance between realism and abstractionism.
A prominent part of the painting exposition is the placement of the paintings in the space: “For me, the feeling in the exhibition space is important, where and how the paintings are displayed, and how they start to influence each other. All the pictures cannot be visually grasped at the same time,” Ello said.
A public discussion about Ello's paintings between the artist and art historian Rainer Vilumaa will take place on September 12.
Ello is a freelance painter, who lives and works in Tallinn. She graduated with a BA in print graphics (2007) and an MA in painting (2010) from the Estonian Academy of Arts. During the fall semester of her master’s studies (2009), Ello studied as an Erasmus student in the painting department of the Universidade do Porto in Portugal. After completing her studies, Ello has focused primarily on her own body of work. Since 2010, she has given painting classes at the Open Academy of the Estonian Academy of Arts, and participated as an illustrator in various projects. Ello’s work is based primarily on nature; the people in it and vice versa. She is also interested in the impact of the natural environment, in humankind as a force of nature and the more abstract (chaotic) aspects of nature. Ello’s painting style is basically realistic, and as variations, inclined toward abstractionism.
Editor: M. Oll