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 Lauri Salonen  (1918 - 1986)

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Lived/Active: Ontario/British Columbia / Canada/Finland      Known for: landscape and still life painting

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Lauri Salonen (1918-1986)

Born in Nastola, Finland on May 11, 1918, he died in Helsinki, Finland on June 20, 1986.  He moved to Canada in early 1951, but the exact date is uncertain.  He landed in Montreal, and then made his way to Toronto, which is where his family relocated to.  From that point on, Lauri Salonen was based in Toronto, although he frequently returned to Finland.  He happened to be in Finland at the time of his death in 1986, which is why he died there and not in Toronto.
He primarily painted with oils on masonite.  Many of his works were northern landscapes - lakes, forests and the like.  He also did some still-life, usually something like flowers in a vase.  He usually signed in the lower right corner of his paintings, but sometimes signed the lower left corner.  His signature is very distinctive with the "swooshing" S on "Salonen."  Later in life, he painted under a pseudonym - "Jephta Kent," after the character from the John Jakes novels.  That signature was always signed with block capitals, almost as if it was being simply printed, and it was usually in the lower right corner.

Information provided by Simon Dimuantes, the artist's grandson who also writes:

In the 1960s, my grandfather headlined an art show in Toronto that was opened by then-mayor Philip Givens.  Unfortunately, I do now know the name of the exhibit, but according to my mother, my grandfather did some unusual paintings for that show which featured vividly colored outer space scenes with stars and galaxies.  I have personally never seen any of these works, but they sound very different from the many works of my grandfather's that I have seen.

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