|'Conversation On The Beach' Oils
on panel / 12" x 16" / in the collection of the artist.
"Two children are talking on the beach.They have
wheels for legs, stripey cylinders for bodies, rubber toothpaste
for arms and funnels for mouths. Who said there are no such kids?
-- Of course there were not. But now there are, right here, see
Regrettably, as of Septemeber 2019, Sami (Samiarto) Suomalainen, suddenly
and unexpectedly, passed away--grieving the loss of his wife
just a few months before.
The World lost a talented Fine Artist, a Portrait Painter,
a Book Illustrator, and an Advertising Illustrator who created
with wonderful free sense of Originality. Most regrettably, I
also lost a long-time friend I've worked with for over 30+ years,
and a dear client.
In memory of Sami, I have taken it upon myself to keep some
of his artistic light alive by continuing to host his website
as a memory of his work to those who knew him.
Naturally, some of the text within it has been changed to reflect
the current situation, but in essence, this was the last website
I created for my client and friend. It was revised in January
2019 to coincide with two gallery showings he was having.
Creative Director / Principal
999 Art Direction
Showings & Events:
Sami Suomalainen was born
in Tuupovaara, Finland. He won his first art competition at age
four, the prize awarded by Fazer Company. After completing
his art education in Helsinki, Finland, Sami came to Canada. Ever
since then, he has been working full time as a freelance artist.
His work includes commissions for portraits, landscapes, and
book illustrations. He has illustrated numerous books for
children that are sold worldwide in all major languages including
The artist's style is impressionistic and several mediums are
employed ranging from pen and ink to oils, watercolours and acrylics.
Documentary films about the artist have been made by the Finnish
National Television and Radio Association in Helsinki, Rogers
Cable Television in co-operation with the Canadian Multicultural
Program in Toronto, and the National Broadcasting of Finland.
Numerous collections in North America, Europe, and Scandinavia
have his paintings, including the Canadian Art Archives in Ottawa.
Govenor General of Canada and President of Finland are also proud
owners of Sami's art.
To see a few examples from Sami's many expressionistic styles,
click on the categories at the left. Experience and discover
for yourself what others have been talking about . . . the expressive
art of Sami Suomalainen.
Please Note: All the artwork
shown is either copyrighted, or the property of the Estate of
Sami Soumalainen and may not be used without written permission.