Mira Kurkiala - Artist

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  • Handmade pigments

  • Acrylic, oil pastel, gold powder

  • Coal from Borgafjäll

A mini-series of two paintings with the theme "light in the dark".

I have used a relatively small variety of colors than I usually use but have instead worked a lot with sharp contrasts, such as neon glowing northern lights, white details and burning red/orange sky against the dark.

The pigments I used and which I created myself are from ash from the wood stove when we visited Borgafjäll last fall, and birch charcoal from a fireplace just outside where we live.

The night space

About the original painting

  • Size 100x80 cm
  • Painted on unprimed cotton canvas treated with a transparent primer to preserve the raw, natural surface and texture of the canvas.
  • Suspension on the back
  • Signed on front and back
  • Certificate of authenticity included
  • Finished with a silk matt varnish that protects the painting against UV rays and strengthens and preserves the colours.

Technique and medium:
- Charcoal
- Ashes
- Acrylic paints
- Oil pastels
- Details with acrylic pencils

For painting

Silverbrook

About the original painting

  • Size 120x100 cm
  • Painted on unprimed cotton canvas treated with a transparent primer to preserve the raw, natural surface and texture of the canvas.
  • Suspension on the back
  • Signed on front and back
  • Certificate of authenticity included
  • Finished with a silk matt varnish that protects the painting against UV rays and strengthens and preserves the colours.

Technique and medium:
- Charcoal
- Ashes
- Acrylic paints
- Oil pastels
- Details with acrylic pencils

For painting

Earth's stories

Earth's stories is a collection from 2023 that includes seven original paintings as well as four different motifs on art prints.

The collection has been created from late spring to late autumn in the year 2023. It is the first collection to be released where all the paintings contain large parts of earth pigments mainly from stones that I myself have picked in places around where I live, by roadsides, beach and forest walks, by buildings, streams and during my last trip to Borgafjäll. The paintings also contain elements of acrylic paints, gold details, charcoal, ash and oil pastel lines.

Read more about the collection here

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Paintings of natural pigments

I pick stones, earth, clay, charcoal and ash to create my own pigments for my paintings.

I work the stones with hammer, mortar and sieve the powder until it is fine enough to use as pigment for paint. I then add a binder and the millions of old stones are given new life as color in my art.

See paintings here!

"Earth pigments are not lifeless rocks. They are constantly circulating, they are mysterious metamorphic agents of art made by complex ecologies, biomes, volcanoes, extinct creatures, fault lines, sea-floors, swamps, deserts, fertile soils, and dead people and their living waste." - Heidi Gustafson

My art depicts nature in both the big and the small; as in natural structures shaped by the seas, the colors of the sky and vast landscapes.

"My hope is that the viewer of my art will feel safe and calm, almost like a kind of healing power"

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