– REIDAR’S FOUNTAINS OF CREATIVITY
Reidar Särestöniemi, ”Arctic Morning" 1966, Collection of Kittilä municipality.
Reidar Särestöniemi (1925–1981) painted colour-drenched interpretations of the northern landscape. Nature was often the subject of his paintings but there was also a deeper meaning, theme or idea behind it. He used pantheistic imagery and he portrayed himself as a swamp, a satyr or a willow grouse.
His artworks convey his feelings, his personality and mental landscape.
Särestöniemi explained that although he was exploring nature, at the same time he was looking into oneself, and he was looking closely. He was examining his own thoughts and feelings.