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Meriliis Rinne


Meriliis Rinne alias Meru is an Estonian born artist living and working in London having exhibited both in Tallinn and London but also shown her works in Tokyo, Copenhagen, Oslo and Berlin.
Meriliis originally studied law  -  but that took her closer to her favourite topic: paradoxes and social pressure.
Among her other works she revels in painting series of abstract female figures with a unique disposition as a woman painter. To question how males look at the female form, and female artists and how even they are unaware how they view it. Meru' s artworks, they all bare a deeper meaning of social psychology we can draw from society today. 

Artist works with mixed materials using mainly acrylics, oils and household paints.  Collaborates with designers and other artists. She gets most of her inspiration from great classics but it is important not to re- invent already created by others but to look inside to the real honest you.  She is all about use of colours and naturally recycles from our environment to make art. Next to her paintings on recycled canvases she is obsessed of paper as a material.
Almost like an author who screws up a paper upon rejecting something they had not written to there liking. Meriliis is the opposite in this sense so she need to screw up the paper that she have drawn on in order to accept it.

 Photo: BrittaBinsol

Photo: BrittaBinsol


Love for colours

From growing up at the end of the Soviet era in Estonia there is a memory that Meriliis recalls from being a child of how she began to despise ugliness, from having same toys, same clothes, and even same furniture at home, cars, garden, holidays as every one else around her.  She did not realise back then that everything, even the toy designs were controlled and certified with communist party at Soviet Union. This oppressed and uniformed background taught Meriliis from very young age that she is different. Lack of colours around her felt wrong, she could not accept this as truth. She discovered it was dangerous to stand out but possible to rebel and be individual through beauty and art. She began to draw her own toys and soon to many kids in neighbourhood...

 Photo: David McConaghy

Photo: David McConaghy


Dreams vs reality

A big believer in giving back,  she partly does this by helping fund raising efforts for children's hospitals in Estonia by creating art work for charity auctions, as she feels that art work has more emotional value over money. 


Private collections

Her paintings have been purchased by private collectors in USA, UK Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, France, Estonia, Finland, Sweden.

 Photo: David McConaghy

Photo: David McConaghy