Kati Immonen

Photo: Veikko Kähkönen
Kati Immonen is reinventing watercolour painting as a medium for contemporary art. Immonen recognizes the cultural baggage carried by her medium, the watercolour, as being something light, effortless and superficial, and turns this to her own benefit. She has a powerful way of expressing ideas and stories using highly charged subject matter, such as war and ecological problems. The relationships between human, the built environment and nature in its steady, silent strength and diversity has long interested the artist. There is often an air of warm humour in her depictions of these complicated, ever changing connections.
Kati Immonen (b. 1971, Jyväskylä) graduated from the Department of Painting at Turku School of Fine Arts in 1997. She has exhibited widely in Finland and abroad, most recently in Almost Perfect, Tokyo; Aura Gallery, Turku; Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden; Rovaniemi Art Museum and Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku. Her works are represented in prominent Finnish public collections, and in the Nordic Watercolour Museum in Sweden. She has also worked on several public artworks around Finland, and created illustrations and cover images for numerous publications.