(Virtual Exhibition) Mirka Hokkanen

Friday, Apr 3 – 10, 2020

4912 N. Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

If you would like to purchase one of these wonderful prints, please email the studio and we will arrange payment and shipping (add $25 for domestic). The CPC accepts credit card, cash, check or PayPal. We can also hold purchased prints for convenient curbside pickup.


Each week, CPC's very own Flat Phil will take you snooping through the drawers and other hidden places to discover gorgeous work by gallery artists that you can buy (Phil would really like for you to support artists right now, many of whom are struggling to pay the rent). We will feature one or two printmakers each week.

Since Flat Phil has an amazing ability to explore very narrow spaces where prints may be hiding, he just discovered our giant stash of Finnish artist Mirka Hokkanen's whimsical and beautifully-crafted work, featuring all things flora and fauna. CPC started showing Mirka's prints about 4 years ago, and her detailed and affordable wood engravings and linocuts have our gallery visitors and printmakers regularly treating themselves as they deplete our inventory. Mirka's prints also make wonderful gifts. Check out her fun titles...she knows how to party.

Mirka Hokkanen is a printmaker, designer, illustrator and author who grew up in Finland. Her relationship to Finnish nature and her grandmother's house fostered a sense of curiosity and wonder that continues to fuel her creativity.


"I am fascinated by (1) animals: the relationships we have with them, the shapes they create in their surroundings and the patterns swirling in their fur/feathers. And by (2) little wonders of nature:

a tiny cluster of mushrooms poking through leaves, frosted berries on a twig, or a tangled wind beaten

pine hanging on a cliff. I'll never be able to capture

all of it on paper, but I am doing my best to share

my passion with you."

                                          -Mirka Hokkanen

Jemma, Reduction wood engraving, 6.5 x 8.5 inches, $75

Mirka moved to the U.S. in 1998 to attend Rockford College in Illinois (BFA 2002). She received both Master of Arts (2004) and Master of Fine Arts (2006) degrees in printmaking from University of Dallas, TX. Many military moves into her career, she has had the opportunity to be an active part in many art communities, teaching, speaking, and organizing events. Her works continue to be exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Her first illustrated book, Four Otters Toboggan: An Animal Counting Book, came out in March 2019, and her second book, Harmony Humbolt- Perfect Pets Queen, will be published by Clear Fork Publishing in 2020. When not creating a menagerie in the studio she takes care of the zoo she has at home: three kids, a cat, a dog and a husband.

Clockwise, from upper left: I Can See Your House From Up Here, Wood engraving & Watercolor, 4 x 4 inches, $50 British Ass on Finnish Ash, Wood engraving, 6 x 4 inches, $45