Aki Turunen’s painings are based on a combination of intuitive, subconscious imagery and knowledge of art history. Turunen’s interest in history and tradition causes the artist to position himself strongly in the continuum both in his choices of materials and the imagery he deals with. By shaping traditional tools to his own use and combining a personal narrative to images drawn from history, Turunen approaches a shared human experience through his paintings. In his work, Turunen strives for openness and permissiveness, which results in the delicate, clear strokes of the finished paintings. The artist, ever curious and reinventing himself from one exhibition to another, has dealt in his work with, for example, signs of spring, jewel-like snakes glimmering in the bottom of a sea, rainbows in the night and prestigious queens shredded to pieces.
Aki Turunen (b. 1983) lives and works in Helsinki. He graduated with a MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki in 2011. Turunen has also studied painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Turunen's works have been exhibited in private and group exhibitions in Finland at e.g. Gallery Forum Box, Kluuvi Gallery and in Denmark at the Martin Asbæk Gallery, among others. Turunen also participated in the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition in 2011. His works are included in, among others, the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the State Art Commission.