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 solo exhibition Indoor Fireworks was seen at Helsinki Contemporary in 2019. A sizeable solo exhibition at the HAM Gallery, Helsinki, took place in 2017. His group exhibitions include those at 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. His works are represented in public collections, such as HAM – Helsinki Art Museum, Hämeenlinna Art Museum, Jenny & Antti Wihuri art collection, and elsewhere.