Born in Jyväskylä, Finland, 1986
Lives and works in London, UK
2017 Lämpö, Gallery Pirkko-Liisa Topelius, Helsinki, Finland
2015 Sieluni Trooppisessa Vaelluksessa, Gallery Rupla, Helsinki, Finland
2020 Final, Not Over: Open Fields, Unit1 Gallery, London, UK
2020 Snapshot, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK
2020 Entrotopia, Synagóga Centre of Contemporary Art, Trnava, Slovakia
2018 Three Years Anniversary, Gallery Rupla, Helsinki Finland
2017 Summer in Gumbostrand, Gumbostrand Konst & Form, Sipoo, Finland
The studio is an arena.
Painting is physical.
I work with un-stretched canvases that are larger than my physical self or the arena I make paintings in. Twisting and folding the canvas leaves marks of this process on the painting. The manipulation of material is evident on the surface of the finished work.
The history of the material is as important as the colours chosen and the surfaces produced. All matter has inherent meaning in its essence. I respect how each material behaves and wants to exist within a painting. I pair paints that offer a juxtaposition of immediate and sedative techniques–like those deployed with oil and then spray-paint. These moves create an atmosphere that reveals itself over time.
The physicality of the gesture must be evident.
Victory arrives in a direct line that emanates from my subconscious to my arm.
I currently explore emptiness and time trough minimal mark-making on monumental monochrome canvases. I create my own architecture—a volume of colour held inside a space or over existing structures.
Specific locations have been a source of the conceptual framework for the series. Ecumenical prayer rooms in airports, contemporary Nordic churches, and the traditional wooden saunas of my native Finland are all places of silence and contemplation. They all bear an emptiness that’s filled with marks of the human bodies that have passed through them.