Jussi Goman, you have delighted the Finnish art scene with your signature color-drenched acrylic paintings that revel in mischievous distorted perspectives, allusions to art history, and the light-hearted exuberance of popular art. The plastic sheen of the acrylic paint and your unusual details endow your still life compositions and facial portraits with fresh, surprising content. Many viewers have noted a kinship between your style and the Fauves, especially Henri Matisse.
1. What is your relationship with art history?
In a career spanning over four decades, you have gained recognition as an extraordinarily gifted painter and draftsman. Over the years, you have reinvented your style many times: early in your career, you combined contemporary motifs with allusions to art history, and in the 1980s you drew inspiration from the masks of popular culture. Your recent work seems to fall somewhere between realism and surrealism.
You rank among Finland’s best-known contemporary artists, and you have been enriching the Finnish art scene since 1989 with your lyrical paintings of simple subjects – objects – which your render with immaculate attention to detail. Many of your paintings in fact have the title object.
1. What is the object of your paintings and what do you wish to express through it?
Galerie Forsblom celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017. We took a head start in renewing our website, enjoy!
You are a recent art graduate, yet despite your young age you have achieved acclaim with your highly original conceptual works which have been exhibited around Finland and at Galerie Forsblom last year. You have also won art awards both in Finland and abroad.Your most recent works are brass plates oxidized by the decomposing corpses of raccoon dogs, cattle and horses.
1. How did you come up with this technique and what does your process mean to you?
You have newly been selected winner of Finland’s State Award for Literature, making you the first Finnish artist to have ever received the State Award for both visual art and literature.
1. In addition to writing fiction, you have made your mark in a number of creative fields, weaving effortlessly between visual arts, stage set design, costume design, directing, illustrating and curating. Where do you find inspiration for it all?
Congratulations on being selected Finland’s Young Artist of the Year 2016! After two years in Japan, you have spent an intensive period working in Finland. In that time you have had a solo exhibition at Galerie Forsblom, you took part in the Serlachius Museum Gösta exhibition The Sin, and you represented Finland in Art Cologne’s program for young, innovative artists. As Young Artist of the Year 2016, your work will feature in a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Tampere Art Museum
A comprehensive retrospective showcasing the work of Carolus Enckell fills both floors of the Sara Hildén Art Museum this spring. The exhibition features Enckell’s paintings, drawings and three-dimensional works from the 1960s to the present day.
Carolus Enckell (b. 1945) ranks among the leading names in Finnish modern art. He is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the Carnegie Art Award in 2001 and the Pro Finlandia Medal in 2009. Enckell is also a distinguished writer and art educator, having held long-term positions as dean and instructor at Helsinki’s Free Art School and as editor-in-chief of Taide, Finland’s leading art journal.
In his artistic practice Enckell carries on the legacy of modernism. His work is characterized by varied symmetries, contrasting opposites and gradations of hue and tone. His masterful command of geometrical form and color exudes a spiritual quality. The artist describes his approach as one of “pure experiential seeing”: His works are not intended to be interpreted and understood through acquired symbolic systems; rather they should be experienced on a sensory level. The artist further contends that only pure experientialism enables us to comprehend the true nature of color and form. Enckell’s works indeed encapsulate what painting is all about in its purest form.
Peter Halley is currently on exhibition at Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Geometry of the Absurd: Recent Paintings by Peter Halley features works from 2007–2015.
Halley's practice as an artist is usually associated with minimalism, neo-geometric conceptualism. His well-established mode of expression, using geometric abstractions, veils powerful socio-political ideals concerning social structure and the individual's position on the societal totem. Horizontal and vertical lines, rectangles, and squares achieve the form of bars and windows.
Halley holds a BA from Yale University (1975) and an MFA from the University of New Orleans (1978). He has taught at Columbia University, UCLA, and the School of Visual Arts. Since 2002, Halley has been the Director of Graduate Studies in Painting and Printmaking at the Yale University School of Art. His works are included in major international collections.
Congratulations on being selected as Finland’s Young Artist of the Year 2016!
After two years in Japan, you have spent an intensive period working in Finland. In that time you have had a solo exhibition at Galerie Forsblom, you took part in the Serlachius Museum Gösta exhibition The Sin, and you represented Finland in Art Cologne’s program for young, innovative artists. As Young Artist of the Year 2016, your work will feature in a forthcoming solo exhibition at the Tampere Art Museum.
Jarmo Mäkilä, Leena Nio and Reima Nevalainen take part in the group exhibition Dark Days, Bright Nights: Contemporary Paintings from Finland at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. The exhibition, curated by Barbara O'Brien, executive director Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, explores the methods, inspirations and practice of Finnish painters.
Congratulations to Ola Kolehmainen for having been awarded the 2015 RIBA Honorary Fellowships. The Fellowships are aimed to those who have made a particular contribution to architecture in its broadest sense, including promotion, administration and outreach within the fields of engineering, media, education and the arts.