Working out of an old brewery-turned-artist’s studio in Heinola, Finland, abstract artist Roy Aurinko has exhibited artworks in numerous group and solo exhibits across Europe and the United States, received several working grants and holds membership in professional organisations such as the Finnish Painters Union and Lahti Artist's Association. His works are currently held within significant private and public collections, including those of the Finnish National Gallery, Heinola Art Museum and Lahti Museum of Visual Arts Malva.
Having grown up next to an open-pit mine in Ostrobothnia, Northern Finland, many of Aurinko’s expressive and grotesque abstract compositions explore various themes connected to the landscape. Often channelling childhood memories, Aurinko’s works aestheticise this subject, evoking emotions ranging from nostalgia to environmental responsibility.He draws from varied sources of inspiration, with literary and art historical references such as Greek Mythology and the concept of the Sublime hidden in his abstract compositions.
Although possessing a Masters Degree from the University of Lapland, Aurinko’s practice is mostly led by intuition. Likening his practice to a “jazz improvisation,” Aurinko rarely prepares his compositions with sketches, instead allowing themes and ideas to move from one painting to another. His large-scale, abstract paintings incorporate elements of drawing, and are created using a mixed-media technique combining oil, acrylic, pastel and cement.The work process and the feel of the material are present in Aurinko’s works, which invite the viewer to explore their relationship with the surrounding world.