What is Maruism? - It is a new ism created
by, Marja-Liisa Iivonen.
" Manifestations Animées dans la Réalité Unique " = MARUism. Human relations,
meetings, feelings and everyday happenings metamorphosed into animal-like
forms in colorful worlds expressed in a kind of subconscious world between
Dalí and Disney with a touch of Gauguin.
painting from the imitation of other artists and artistic movements, isms,
and from the imitation of the visible in order to show its true essence
unveiled. Maruism originates from the objects and forms of the nature, transforms
them into the abstract concepts of the human beings and turns the abstract
into the concrete.
After painting years (since 1982) traditional oil paintings, mostly portraits
and still life, I started experimenting with tiny clay figures in 1990 to find
something new. I used these miniature sculptures as models to my paintings.
By 1990-91 I had created my own ism:
MARUism- " Manifestations Animées dans
la Réalité Unique ".
Artist's comment about Teddy Bears
I've always loved bears and Teddy Bears. I also became "a collector" in the 1980s. Since then I've gotten many of
them as gifts instead of flowers. I paint Teddy portraits in oil, pastel, do ink, and even pencil drawings using my own
bears as models. Calling my pictures portraits, I truly believe that even a little Teddy Bear has a story to tell.
I prefer to use "live models", but also can capture a Teddy from photos and some background information from their
Information for Galleries
Works of Marja-Liisa Iivonen are mainly marketed for art licensing and publishing.
This does not in any way exclude the real world gallery exhibitions.
Please, contact Marja-Liisa Iivonen with your exhibition offers.
Information of Commissioned Works
The artist Marja-Liisa Iivonen takes commissioned work in oil, pastel, ink and even pencil drawing.
She is specialized in teddy bear portraits.
Please, contact Marja-Liisa Iivonen for your commission offers.
Original fine art for licensing and publishing