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Mall Nukke

Mall Nukke

Artist's country of origin: Estonia

Mall Nukke (born 1964 in Tallinn) started her pop art with pencil and pastel. Her early drawings, predominantly figural compositions, were luxuriously abundant in color with a glittering, incandescent, poisonously glistening color scale and had strong contours. Everything was decadently extravagant.
Later the erotic figures already familiar to us from her earlier graphic prints took their place on this flowing fabric of color, although now tattooed in multiple colors and in revelous, languorous poses. Thereafter, collage became her primary method of work. And now the cutouts from picture magazines combine with computer-altered images, printed onto transparent sheets of plastic and edged with soft, sparkling velvet or black brocade hem. Black silk backdrops are not uncommon.
The result is sweet, attractively sweet. New, borrowed main characters also appear – sex pot Ilona Staller, fashion model Naomi Campell, comic Rowan Atkinson, rock legend Mick Jagger, Kurt Cobain, Madonna and others – super beings that appear to be everywhere and who form the pantheistic tip of contemporary pop culture. Gods, stars, sprites media moguls, models and film heros.
A sarcastic undertone is uncovered in Nukke‘s work regardless of the fact that it all began in such beautiful colors. Her art is to a great extent also an analysis of pop art. We see that her lust for glamour is not as innocent as it first appeared to be. While creating pop art, she simultaneously studies its anatomy. A sober thinker is concealed behind the colorful pictures.
Works in collections: KUMU, Tartu‘s Art Museum, Sadolin‘s art collection (Estonia), Rauma City Museum (Finland), Viinistu Art Museum (Estonia), Vexi Salmi art collection (Finland), Nef Gallery (Kiev, Ukraine).

Sources used: Johannes Saar (2000). Artists of Estonia 2. Publisher: Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia.


Beautiful Pierrot by Mall Nukke
Beautiful Pierrot  
96 x 61 cm
Flowers on the sand by Mall Nukke
Flowers on the sand  
40 x 60 cm
Game with Tricolour Glass Balls I by Mall Nukke
Game with Tricolour Glass Balls I  
100 x 100 cm
Up & Down I by Mall Nukke
Up & Down I  
125 x 62 cm
Up & Down II by Mall Nukke
Up & Down II  
125 x 62 cm
Up & Down III by Mall Nukke
Up & Down III  
125 x 62 cm
Up & Down IV by Mall Nukke
Up & Down IV  
125 x 62 cm


Sitting Nude by Mall Nukke
Sitting Nude  
50 x 65 cm
Nude in a Dim Room by Mall Nukke
Nude in a Dim Room  
50 x 65 cm
Portrait of a Lady by Mall Nukke
Portrait of a Lady  
42 x 43 cm
Emily by Mall Nukke
50 x 65 cm
Women by Mall Nukke
50 x 65 cm
Tea Drinker by Mall Nukke
Tea Drinker  
50 x 65 cm
Blue Nude by Mall Nukke
Blue Nude  
62 x 84 cm
Nude I by Mall Nukke
Nude I  
42 x 30 cm
Nude II by Mall Nukke
Nude II  
42 x 29.5 cm
Nude 4 by Mall Nukke
Nude 4  
42 x 29.5 cm
Nude 5 by Mall Nukke
Nude 5  
42 x 29.5 cm
Nude 7 by Mall Nukke
Nude 7  
42 x 29.5 cm


Mall Nukke, Catalogue by Mall Nukke
Mall Nukke, Catalogue  
21 x 21 cm


Time & Things II by Mall Nukke
Time & Things II  
196 x 196 cm

Mixed media

7 nation army by Mall Nukke
7 nation army  
100 x 120 cm
Mania II by Mall Nukke
Mania II  
100 x 300 cm
Below the horizon No 7 by Mall Nukke
Below the horizon No 7  
79 x 165 cm

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