The Dragon Tamer

Aki Turunen made his debut at Helsinki Contemporary in October 2020, and now it is time for his first solo exhibition occupying the whole space, The Dragon Tamer. Turunen’s painting process is often set in motion by curiosity and necessity. In his working he makes use of imagery from the unconscious and intuition, while at the same time drawing on history and tradition. Turunen is a deeply material-conscious artist, his production reflecting a constant search for the essence of painting. As an artist he typically masters and develops different methods. In addition to concrete paint, the passage of time and the history of painting as materials are also prominent in The Dragon Tamer, which is based on imagery from medieval manuscripts. The backbone of the exhibition is eight tempera paintings on wood, but the theme is spread out across the gallery space in other forms of painting.