Ilari Hautamäki’s paintings occupy the middle ground between the functional and the organic, the built and the natural. Hautamäki aims for freedom in his painting, while still retaining his own characteristic rigour. He is interested in nature’s ‘perfect chaos’, in how the uncontrolled can simultaneously be in exactly the right order. The rhythms and movement in Hautamäki’s paintings recur from one work to the next, but varying as they do so. Alongside the movement and brushstrokes the paintings also contain clear colour fields and blank spots and gaps, thus giving rise to the rhythm that is the hallmark of Hautamäki’s works.
Ilari Hautamäki (b. 1983) is a Helsinki based visual artist. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki, in 2011 and has since shown actively in solo and group exhibitions. His latest solo exhibition Spirit was seen at Helsinki Contemporary in 2021. A sizeable solo exhibition at the HAM Gallery, Helsinki, took place in 2017. His group exhibitions include those at Purnu Art Centre, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Mänttä Art Festival, Hämeenlinna Art Museum, Jyväskylä Art Museum, and the Young Artists exhibition at Kunsthalle Helsinki. In 2018-2019, Hautamäki took part in The Touch exhibition series at Tornio Art Museum, Seinäjoki Art Hall and Pro Artibus’ Sinne gallery in Helsinki. He is represented in public collections, such as HAM – Helsinki Art Museum, Hämeenlinna Art Museum and Wihuri Foundation.