About Taru Liikanen, Artist

Artist Taru Liikanen at her art exhibition


Ink & Cinema

Taru Liikanen makes dreamy black and white paintings with ink. Liikanen works with references from the history of cinema. She studies films with painting with a particular fascination in depictions of women. She has made studies on Alfred Hitchcock´s films, especially Vertigo, and the Finnish actor Regina Linnanheimo.

Taru Liikanen has a Master of Arts degree in Visual culture education and has also studied Film and Television studies in Helsinki university and History of cinema as a student of Peter von Bagh. She also works as a librarian.



“Film noir has a mood that everyone can feel. It's people in trouble, at night, with a little bit of wind and the right kind of music. It's a beautiful thing.”

- David Lynch


How are you supposed to feel?

There is a distinct sense of "what if" and "how about" in the way that children play. As we grow in years, we tend to still find and attain this very same feeling in cinema. What if we extended this "play" into a further exploration of an added medium, with a keen focus on moments of meaning, or any underlying tones of displacement?

Do we find further answers to our "how abouts" and "what ifs" in life?

With these perspectives of further study, we may arrive at something much closer to "truth" than we were expecting.


Seeking, finding

Otherwise unreachable meanings are the realm of Taru Liikanen, artist and educator by both heart and training.

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Her artwork explores and builds upon concepts that are ever-present in cinema: hopes, dreams, fears, love, and contradictions.

Similar to how cinema brings to life concepts of fantasy, Liikanen's art brings to life that which is otherwise under the surface, unseen, yet often intimately felt.

Her work focuses on thinking through the artist's full toolset, in particular in the medium of ink, gouache, and paper.


Artist Taru Liikanen
Photo credit: Tero Liikanen


Purchase original art

Please feel welcomed to browse Taru Liikanen Art Collections and find a piece for yourself, or as a gift for someone you care for.