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Juuso the Bear Makes Paintings With its Paws that are selling for 4000 Euros

22 January 2017

Juuso the Bear Debuts its Paintings that are Selling for $4280 at Finnish Art Gallery!

Juuso the Bear is quite famous on the internet because it makes amazing paintings with its paws that are selling for 4000 euros a piece.

Recently, an art gallery from Helsinki opened its doors for the public to a collection of works by a unique artist. A 17-year-old brown bear named Juuso who weighs over half a ton (nearly 500kg), debuted its art at the gallery.

The exhibition in the Rupla art gallery includes eleven original works and a number of impressions but in reality the bear uses his natural talent and especially his paws as brushes. On some of the paintings you can still see traces of the fur.

Sadly, for those who wanted to meet the artist, the bear was not present at the exhibit, as he had already settled down to hibernate for the winter in his den at Kuusamo animal center in northern Finland, its adoptive home.

“We’d better wait until next autumn. In the summer, nothing ever happens usually, and in the spring Juuso’s mind is wandering upon other things, as with other male bears. Autumn is a more creative time, I believe,” attendant Pasi Jäntti told Finnish national broadcaster Yle.

According to its attendant, Juuso has likes the colors red and blue. The caretakers leave plywood boards, paper and paint and the bear knows exactly what to do with the materials.

However, inspiration is needed, and the paintings do not come on demand.

Juuso the Bear Debuts its Paintings that are Selling for $4280 at Finnish Art Gallery
Juuso the Bear Debuts its Paintings that are Selling for $4280 at Finnish Art Gallery |PHOTO: COURTESY OF PASI JÄNTTI|

“Juuso creates art at his own pace. If we specifically ‘ask’ him to paint something, it usually amounts to nothing. He works best when left alone,” Pasi Jäntti told Swedish national broadcaster SVT, pointing out that all the paints used in bear paintings are strictly non-toxic and do not pose any health risks to the talented bear.

During the exhibition in Finland, 15 of his works or art were sold for approximately $9,000. The money will be used to make a documentary about bears, of course.

Juuso the Bear Debuts its Paintings that are Selling for $4280 at Finnish Art Gallery
Juuso the Bear Debuts its Paintings that are Selling for $4280 at Finnish Art Gallery

Everyone in Finland know about the bear because in recent year he has been the star of some videos, and even was mentioned by President Sauli Niinistö in his New Year’s speech as an example of how man and nature can get along.

Juuso the Bear Debuts its Paintings that are Selling for $4280 at Finnish Art Gallery
Juuso the Bear Debuts its Paintings that are Selling for $4280 at Finnish Art Gallery |PHOTO: COURTESY OF PASI JÄNTTI|

His keepers discovered Juuso’s artistic bent one day while painting some facilities at Kuusamo animal center in northern Finland where he has been living since being orphaned as a cub.

Juuso the Bear Debuts its Paintings that are Selling for $4280 at Finnish Art Gallery
Juuso the Bear Debuts its Paintings that are Selling for $4280 at Finnish Art Gallery |PHOTO: COURTESY OF PASI JÄNTTI|

“Juuso got some paint in his paws and started to make marks with them. We noticed that he liked it,” Jantti said.

The exhibition opened at the Rupla gallery in Helsinki features 11 pieces of original works and some prints, which are priced from 50 to 4,000 euros.

Would you buy a painting by Juuso the Bear?