Reidar Särestöniemi (1925-1981) was an artist from Lapland. He lived in the Kittilä region of Lapland for his whole life at his family home apart from a few years while he studied in Helsinki and St Petersburg. He gained recognition after his first exhibition in 1959.
Unlike any other museums I have been to in the past this one was in the original buildings that Reider Särestöniemi lived and worked. This meant that the museum was a little off the beaten track and I had to drive 9km down a gravel road once reaching the turning.
Even though the location was difficult to reach it was a excellent place to house the majority of this work. It was great to experience his artwork while in the natural surroundings of Lapland that influenced him.
The natural surroundings of Lapland heavily affected Reidar’s artwork. The culture and stories are often represented in his work, as well as animals, such as reindeer, that are native to Lapland. Even though Reidar is known for his colourful pieces it was the ones that showed the bleakness of the Lapland winter that spoke to me the most.
For a link to Reidar Särestöniemi’s artwork click HERE.