Erkki Jalava, born in Helsinki, Finland, a wonderful painter who has left us a legacy from Finland and the wilder Muskoka areas of Canada, of beautiful paintings.
The Jalava family, a family of artists, arrived from Helsinki Finland in 1952 and included Mauri and Anna-Liisa Jalava, Mauri’s brother Erkki and his wife, also named Anna-Liisa, their mother Orvokki and Mauri’s brother-in-law, Paavo (Paul) Hyttinen. (Please see my Paul Hyttinen listing with Etsy.)
Anna along with Erkki and Paul Hyttinen are listed Canadian artists and their works are represented by the National Gallery of Canada - Library and Archives / Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography.
Erkki Jalava over time has become the predominant artist of the family and his works are now being sought internationally.
Painted on masonite and framed in its original wooden frame these soft spoken artists paint some of the most delicate northern landscapes I've seen. Soft pastel colors and fine, careful drawings are a signature for the entire family. Muskokan landscapes were a favourite haunt for the family and this one doesn't disappoint in its choice of location.
Erkki has painted something like a curtain of colors and leaves between you and the painting inside, something very difficult to do.
Vintage wood frame is in fine condition, ready to hang.
Frame: 25" x 32" Image: 18" x 24"