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Stig Baumgartner

Things Falling into Place

September 15–October 15, 2023

Stig Baumgartner

Shelter, 2023

Oil on canvas

60 x 60 cm /24 x 24 in


Stig Baumgartner

Enter, 2023

Oil on canvas

200 x 200 c /79 x 79 in


Stig Baumgartner

Maria, 2023

Oil on canvas

115 x 90 cm /45 x 35 in


Stig Baumgartner

Becoming Visible, 2023

Oil on canvas

240 x 205 cm /94 x 81 in


Press Release

Stig Baumgartner: Things Falling into Place
Galerie Forsblom, September 15 – October 15, 2023



For Stig Baumgartner, painting is a process of becoming visible. The form and subject find their shape through the process, which invariably entails identification with something as yet strange and unknown. Upon completion, what initially presents itself as an indeterminate geometric composition finally falls into place and in doing so, the identity of the work also finds its consummate shape. The finished work is like a joyful exclamation: This is exactly how I was supposed to look!


In Baumgartner’s oeuvre, predictable geometry is contrasted with expressive gestures and details emphasizing temporality and the momentary nature of the process. His compositions shine, splatter, shake, or sweat in their own joy of emerging. Each painting constitutes its own significant event while at the same time possessing its own unique personality. Baumgartner’s stylized brushstrokes assert themselves as self-contained visual motifs equal in status to his geometric shapes.


For Baumgartner, painting is a dialogue between conscious and controlled versus unconscious and playful expression. He deliberately invites imperfections and deviations that push his abstract expression in a more human direction. Visually, his paintings take their cue from the laws of geometry, while his process is shaped by intuitive choices that endow his conceptual structures with recognizable forms. His figurative abstractions obey the laws of gravity, creating space for a shared bodily experience. In their materiality and spatiality, his geometric subjects also reveal something about how we make observations and how we always look for meaning in what we see.


Stig Baumgartner (b. 1969) is an artist and a lecturer in drawing and perception at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. He is also noted for his long career in public art. His latest public piece was completed in the summer of 2020 for the campus of Turku University. Baumgartner’s paintings are found in Finland’s leading collections, including the Saastamoinen Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma.

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