Galerie Forsblom is pleased to take part in Vienna Contemporary’s Nordic Focus with works by Heikki Marila (FIN), Reima Nevalainen (FIN), Peter Frie (SE) and Not Vital (CH).
Known for his massive oil paintings and intense themes – including biblical motifs, self-portraits and floral still-life compositions – Heikki Marila (b. 1966) is a leading figure on the Finnish contemporary art scene. His expressive paintings are laden with paradoxical drama: they play with contrasts, combining the spiritual, beautiful and sublime with the carnal, corporeal and repulsive.
Humans and nature serve as the subject matter of Reima Nevalainen’s (b. 1984) collage paintings, where human figures and nature coexist as equals in his compositions. The sense of intimacy is heightened by his multi-layered collage technique, in which he combines paint with materials such as sand and paper, or scrapes away the paint to reveal contrasting surfaces underneath. Nevalainen has just finished his extensive Finland’s Young Artist of the Year 2016 solo exhibition at the Tampere Art Museum.
Swedish Peter Frie’s (b. 1947) paintings and sculptures are rooted in the still life and landscape tradition, particularly in their manner of portraying scenes as intensely emotional states. Their ambiguous sense of place conveys a quality of timelessness and symbolism that would be diluted were the specific site to be spelled out too explicitly.
Drawing from the solitude of his native Swiss mountains, Not Vital’s (b. 1948) conceptual works blur the boundaries of reality and the surreal. Moving masterfully between such diverse medias as sculpture, installation, painting and drawing, Vital combines the abstract and the figurative in a harmonious way creating a meditative atmosphere.