Miikka Vaskola

Photo: Veikko Kähkönen

Miikka Vaskola's oeuvre consists of abstract landscapes and figurative imagery, that play between distance and proximity. Vaskola is best known for his large-scale paintings on unprimed canvas incorporating layers of ink, iron oxide, charcoal and chalk, that build up a very recogniseable aesthetic. He works persistently, investigating how different materials react with the canvas. The process is long – sometimes it takes years to complete a piece.

The notion of image as a key instrument in guiding and interpreting reality is a reoccurring theme in Vaskola’s work. Images are simultaneously familiar and foreign. They are stories, and they increasingly influence the invisible world – power structures and societies. The figurative elements in Vaskola's paintings often take us back to times past, just as the abstractions can be seen as excavations into the mind. The subjects often play with surreal elements, confusing the viewer and triggering their imagination.

Before and after graduating from the Finnish Academy of Fine Art in 2008, Miikka Vaskola (b. 1975, Helsinki) has been exhibiting actively with solo shows in Finland, including Helsinki Contemporary in 2015, 2013, and 2010, as well as in group exhibitions in Finland and abroad. Helsinki Contemporary presented his work at VOLTA9, Art Basel in 2013. Vaskola's extensive retrospective exhibition was seen at Turku Art Museum, Finland in 2016. His works are represented in the major Finnish private and public collections including Helsinki Art Museum, Turku Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Heino Collection and The Wihuri Foundation Art Collection.