The Blue Painter

Risto Suomi in the film 'The Blue Painter', along the Seine in Paris, France
Risto Suomi in the film 'The Blue Painter', on the Seine in Paris, France
The skyline of Paris, France in the film 'The Blue Painter'featuring Risto Suomi

Screengrabs from 'The Blue Painter'. Request the link and password to see the full film.

Risto Suomi, a.k.a. 'The Blue Painter' is a Finnish painter who is known for his colourful modern-day depictions of Kalevala myths and symbolism. His paintings awake a sense of longing for the past, a memory that struggles between the real and unreal.
While strolling through Paris, his reality and the world of his paintings merge into a painting in motion.

This 3 minute film is an artistic interpretation of Suomi's work and combines video with 2D animation.

It is intended to be screened among the work of Risto Suomi and was first exhibited together in April 2017 at the Galleria Heino in Helsinki, Finland. It has also been screened separately at Film and Animation Festivals throughout Europe.

Credits
Directed and Animated by Marga Doek
Cinematography by Joni Juutilainen
Sound Design by Toni Teivaala
Assistant Animation by Tanja Beltman

Collection
Saastamoinen Foundation, Jenni and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Heino Collection

Testimonial

"The film ‘The Blue Painter’, captures a significant moment of a lingering dream I once had, where I paddled into Paris in a barrel on the river Seine.
Many of my paintings are based on that dream and have an overall theme of myth, memory and longing for the past. Every shot of this film can be traced back to various painting within my repertoire. It is quite surreal to see myself interact with my creations in Paris, the city that I love".

- Risto Suomi

Festivals & Screenings

'The Blue Painter' at the 'Linoleum Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival' 2017
'The Blue Painter'at the 'Athens Animfest' 2018
'The Blue Painter at the 'Ex/Art Film Festiva'l 2018

Shapes Form Figures

Lauri Laine in the film 'Shapes Form Figures' painting in his studio
Lauri Laine's figures merging in the film 'Shapes Form Figures'
Lauri Laine looking at his paintings at his studio in the film 'Shapes Form Figures'

Screengrabs from 'Shapes Form Figures'. Request the link and password to see the full film.

Lauri Laine is a Finnish painter who is known for his explorations of light and shapes in undefined space. His work has been heavily influenced by Italian Renaissance and Spanish Baroque art, particularly by the painters Francesco de Zurbarán and Diego Velázquez.
While Laine works on a painting, we are taken on an evolutionary journey of his repertoire of work, as shapes start to form figures.

This 3.30 minute film is an artistic interpretation of Laine's work and combines video with 2D animation.

This film is intended to be screened among the work of Lauri Laine and was first exhibited together in March, 2018 at the Galleria Heino in Helsinki, Finland.

Credits
Directed and Animated by Marga Doek
Cinematography by Joni Juutilainen
Sound Design by Marga Doek & Toni Teivaala

Collection - Heino Collection

Testimonial

"Marga's film 'Shapes Form Figures', is an imaginary and concise interpretation of the important process of change in my work. The film is original and unexpected and is both visually and technically of a high standard. The shapes form organic figures in undefined space, and the atmosphere captures the essence of my work".

- Lauri Laine

Festivals & Screenings

'Shapes Form Figures' at 'Pannen op het Dak' festival

Commercial Work


Client - Taffel
Production Company - Kennel Helsinki
Role - Stop Motion Supervisor


Client - Supershirt
Production Company - Otso Film
Role - Director, Stop Motion Animator & Editor