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Viljami Heinonen is a painter of dystopias. His dramatic works are filled with explicit violence and the threat of violence, desperation and situations of conflict. He manages to compress into his works a multiplicity of feelings of fear and insecurity, which intrude into our everyday lives, for example, through news reports, even if we never personally meet the perpetrators.

Heinonen’s way of working is agitated, intense, and precise. His works are kinds of painted collages, still images whose lushly tattered exteriors make them appear in places as if the fiercest battles had been fought out on their surface.

And yet, Heinonen’s paintings are not all anxiety engendered by uncertainty. He knows the recent history of art and is also able to make use of what it has to offer. His visual language and treatment of motifs contain numerous links with both the punk aesthetic and the tradition of post-war Informalism and Neorealism.

Selected exhibitions
2021
Viljami Heinonen | Halcyon DaysMAKASIINI CONTEMPORARY
2019
VILJAMI HEINONEN | Weather The StormMAKASIINI CONTEMPORARY
2017
VILJAMI HEINONEN | ZoneMAKASIINI CONTEMPORARY
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Prayer for the Afflicted, 2021

Oil on canvas
63 × 55 1/10 in
160 × 140 cm
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Medium
Signature
Hand-signed by artist
Certificate of authenticity
Included (issued by gallery)
Frame
Not included

Viljami Heinonen is a painter of dystopias. His dramatic works are filled with explicit violence and the threat of violence, desperation and situations of conflict. He manages to compress into his works a multiplicity of feelings of fear and insecurity, which intrude into our everyday lives, for example, through news reports, even if we never personally meet the perpetrators.

Heinonen’s way of working is agitated, intense, and precise. His works are kinds of painted collages, still images whose lushly tattered exteriors make them appear in places as if the fiercest battles had been fought out on their surface.

And yet, Heinonen’s paintings are not all anxiety engendered by uncertainty. He knows the recent history of art and is also able to make use of what it has to offer. His visual language and treatment of motifs contain numerous links with both the punk aesthetic and the tradition of post-war Informalism and Neorealism.

Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from Viljami Heinonen | Halcyon Days
Other works by Viljami Heinonen
Other works from MAKASIINI CONTEMPORARY