Pekka Jylhä
Photo: Veikko Kähkönen

The sculptor Pekka Jylhä has a unique way of mixing scale, material and light. He creates works that observe the large and small details of life, always leaving room for the viewer’s own discoveries and interpretations. His works often contain references to current news stories, poetry and wordplay. One of his central themes is the problematic relationship between nature and culture. Lately he has taken on burning subjects such as e.g. the refugee crisis and attacks against freedom of speech. He always presents his subjects in a poetic manner, helping the viewer to deal with sometimes even painful matters. His materials vary from taxidermy animals to metal and crystals.

Pekka Jylhä (b. 1955, Toholampi) is a one of the pioneers of contemporary sculpture in Finland. Jylhä has been showing regularly in Finland and abroad since his first solo exhibitions in the mid-80’s. He is known for his large-scale public sculptures, which include the memorial to President Urho Kekkonen in Hakasalmi Park, Helsinki. He was awarded the Pro Finlandia medal in 2007 and appointed an artist professor in 2012.