Jukka Mäkelä (f.1949)
Jukka Mäkelä studied at the Vocational School of Arts and Crafts 1967–1968, and Finnish Art Academy School 1968–1972.
Utstillinger - Jukka Mäkelä
Jukka Mäkelä first exhibited his works in Helsinki in 1970. Participated in numerous Finnish and foreign collective exhibitions. International exposure includes the International Festival of Painting in Cagnes-sur-Mer in 1978 and 1978, Paris Biennial in 1980, Sapporo Triennial in 1981, Carnegie International in Pittsburgh in 1982, Stealing Diamonds in Venice in 1986, Venice Biennial in 1988, World Print Competition in USA in 1988. Works in numerous collections both in Finland and abroad. Public works e.g. Madetoja-sali of the Oulu Music Centre in 1987.
He recievied the Finnish State Prize in 1977 and 1981, Finnish Cultural Foundation Merit Award in 1977, and III Golden Palette at the International Festival of Painting in Cagnes-sur-Mer in 1976.
Teknikk og formspråk - Jukka Mäkelä
Jukka Mäkelä is a painter, whose works are dominated by the communication between run acrylic paint and thick black coal. Mäkelä’s abstract images may have been inspired by a highly concrete and figurative occurrence as experienced in nature or a small detail, an interesting shape. Mäkelä’s interest in working at the border zone of two- and three-dimensionality makes his paintings almost sculptural; things happen stereoscopically, through layers.
When Mäkelä takes on printmaking, he works intensively – several plates are worked simultaneously. He treats his aquatint plates by spraying or painting the acid onto them, and creates the various shades of grey and black by varying the time of the acid-exposure. Speed and intensity, as well as the surprises and the joy of discovery that is experienced during the printmaking process are all captured in the finished image.