My work has always been grounded by perception and for many years I worked from life. While my work has become more abstract, I still feel that strong connection to all things real. I don't paint from life anymore, but the memory of working with those kinds of elements feels very much alive. My mind sifts through all kinds of familiar associations, fueling the work with a lighter subject some of the time and with more weight at other times.
I'm driven to make something that can stand on its own. Using my hands to make things has always struck me as constructive. To this day I devote pleasurable time to making a variety of things/objects that are useful in my life and to my family. But painting is different and occupies another kind of space in my mind. Joy, disappointment, agony, determination, willfulness all wrapped up in the minutes and hours. My paintings, whether made on paper, cardboard, canvas, or linen all share the same need to be fresh, surprising, inventive and bold. Every time I go into the studio I want to learn something. See something. Get clued in.
about the artist
Virva Hinnemo was born in Helsinki, Finland. She studied at the Music Academy of Stockholm and got her Certificate of Painting at the Nyckelviks School of Art in Stockholm before moving to New York and receiving her BFA at the Parsons School of Design. She now lives and works in East Hampton, New York.
Hinnemo has exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at ILLE Arts in Amagansett; the Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton,NY; and the Anita Rogers Gallery and the Kouros Gallery, both in New York City. She has been in numerous group shows, among them: Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton,NY; ILLE Arts and Neoteric Fine Art, Amagansett,NY; The Parrish Art Museum, Watermill, NY; Pace University Gallery, New York City; David Hall Fine Art, Wellesley, Massachusetts; and the J. Johnson Gallery in Jacksonville, Florida.
In 2011, she received the Young Artist of the Year Award by the Association of Finnish Artists in Sweden.