Helsinki Contemporary in collaboration with Ilari Hautamäki

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Ilari Hautamäki
Photo: Sirja Moberg, courtesy of Frame Finland

Helsinki Contemporary is glad to announce the representation of Ilari Hautamäki. The Helsinki-based artist is interested in the middle ground between the functional and the organic, the built and the natural. To the artist, his works are abstract, but some recognizable elements have also been consciously chosen for them. 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 flat colour fields and blank spots and gaps, thus giving rise to the rhythm that is the hallmark of Hautamäki’s works, the act of painting itself is the starting point. “What I am after is a polarization, and also a competition, between the organic and the industrial level, and the tension formed out of them, through which a balanced image arises. This equation interests me, because it creates a challenge and an inquisitiveness about my compositions, and about my processes.”

Ilari Hautamäki (b. 1983) is a Helsinki visual artist. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, in 2011 and has since shown actively in solo and group exhibitions. In 2017, a sizeable solo exhibition was at the HAM Gallery, Helsinki. His group exhibitions include those at Mänttä Art Festival, Hämeenlinna Art Museum, Jyväskylä Art Museum, and the Young Artists exhibition at Kunsthalle Helsinki. His works are represented in Helsinki Art Museum, HAM’s collection, the Wihuri art collection, and elsewhere. Hautamäki's most recent solo exhibition, Indoor Fireworks, was seen at Helsinki Contemporary in January 2019. His paintings are also included in The Touch exhibition series, which will open next at Seinäjoki Art Hall and finally at Pro Artibus’ Sinne gallery in Helsinki. 

We warmly welcome Ilari to Helsinki Contemporary!

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