August Künnapu

On the Road and In the Water


Three large paintings, On the Road, In the Air and In the Water, the gems among August’s works, have been refined to form a complete set, both in terms of their theme and realisation. They create a striking, carefully thought-out effect. Bright and eye-catching, they generously reward the viewers for their voluntary trouble of looking and delving.

The solemn-looking red machines, belonging to the Soviet heroism of the 1950s, are like the manifestations of the miracle of technology, carrying joyful and proud men and women, supporters of the regime. There is striking theatricality about these paintings. It is as though a family or a group of friends have gathered to photographer’s studio on a Sunday to have themselves photographed, stepping into the environment filled with props and becoming part of it to play the most important roles in their lives.