queer witches

High Energy Art Project

Tatu Vuolteenaho paints portraits of queer witches. They are queers and their allies who are into spirituality.

Queer people have often felt excluded from mainstream religions and spiritual groups. Gay culture in the western world offers alcohol, sex, shopping and bitching but spirituality has been less visible. In other cultures the queers have been seen differently. They have often held intersex, androgynous people, feminine males and masculine females in high respect and the queers have been seen as religious leaders and teachers.

Tatu takes photographs first and paints from the photos. Tatu participates in workshops, rituals, healings etc. to learn more about the models. That way he hopes to get some magic into the paintings.

The project has received an art grant from The Finnish Cultural Foundation.

queer witches

18 paintings have been done so far, above are the first 6: Yiorgos, Yvonne (sold), Martyn (sold), Johannes, Risto and Maisa.
The paintings are 100 x 81 cm, acrylic on canvas

queer witches

Exhibition at Hercules, Helsinki on 30. 9. 2022 - May 2023. The opening is 2-HOUR RITUAL RAVE, Link to the Facebook event.

Paintings have been exhibited in Adlerfelt in Suomenlinna, Helsinki, in Tillarigalleria in Nivala, in Hercules Nightclub in Helsinki and in Mas Amigos que Nunca and Sissy Bag in Madrid

- Seinšjoen Käistyömessut, Seinšjoki Areena on 7.10. - 9.10.
- Out Of The Box Gallery, organized by Bridge, Helsinki on 15.10. - 11.11.

- Instituto Iberoamerica de Finlandia in Madrid in April/May (dates to be confirmed)
- Akustiikka in Ylivieska in June
- Aarni Gallery in Espoo in December

Tatu has more QW models from The UK, Finland, Spain, Venezuela and Australia.
See intros of Queer Witches who have said yes to having their portraits painted.

Aim is to have exhibitions in many countries. This project can go even further: research trips to Latin America, academic studies and a book.

Real life magic

QW art project aims to sell the works and part of the profits go to help our less fortunate LGBT+ friends. A gay refugee from Uganda Geoffrey Rainbo has inspired us to include this aspect into the project.
Wigs for refugees or what could we do? (Article about Geoffrey)

Art Lectures

Tatu Vuolteenaho is giving art talks called "Drag Queens, Aliens and Queer Witches". They are about Tatu's colourful queer party history and why the QW art project seems like a good idea now. Tatu can give the lectures in Finnish, English or in Spanish.
See the London lecture from The Glory on Youtube

More info about the artist

email: tatu-art@hotmail.com