Life and works
Born in the community of Hirvensalmi, Finland, Ensio Tuppurainen (1924-2014) spent his professional life in the army.
When retired, as a war veteran he had his accommodation in Vekaranjärvi, a large military base near the community of Valkealan, in the south of Finland.
Tuppurainen was a self-taught artist who made paintings of landscapes, people and other scenes and was active in making sculptures (such as elks, horses and other animals) he displayed around the cabin where he had his studio and gallery.
this picture and the next two (2016) by Raya Kallioinen
He probably is best known by the expressive statements he wrote down in a colorful way on posters he displayed at the outside of the cabin.
In these texts Tuppurainen commented on what he saw as social and political abuses, varying from EU-politics, the banking system and old age pensions, to environmental policy and the treatment of refugees.
Tuppurainen's work was represented in the 2005 exposition In Another World in the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki.
Tuppurainen died October 3, 2014. The site is currently (2016) still extant, although the posters gradually are fading.
* Entry about Ensio Tuppurainen on the website ITE-net
* In 2012 Finnish photographer and author Erkki Pirtola made a video (You Tube, 19'29", uploaded dec 2012) of then 88 year old Ensio Tuppurainen who talked about and showed his site. This Finnish spoken video gives a good impression of the variety of creations Tuppurainen has made, both all kinds of installations from recycled material and sculptures and pamphlets with social and political manifestations.
Vekaranjärvi, Valkealan, Kymenlaakso, Southern Finland
first published nov 2009, last revised june 2018