Helsinki Contemporary presents at CHART Art Fair 2022 solo presentations by artists Emma Ainala and Ilari Hautamäki

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26 – 28 AUGUST

Friday, 26 August        |        Saturday, 27 August        |        Sunday, 28 August
  11:00 - 19:00                         11:00 - 18:00                             11:00 - 17:00 


For the new edition of CHART Art fair 2022 Helsinki Contemporary is pleased to participate with solo presentations by artists Emma Ainala and Ilari Hautamäki.

Ainala and Hautamäki are both painters, but with very different expression. While Ainala’s imaginative worlds are full of detail and they are abundant in symbolism, Hautamäki seeks to systemize and simplify. They are connected by their use of colour and their differences create an interesting juxtaposition of the figurative and the abstract.

EMMA AINALA'S intricate, multilayered paintings are at the same time very much in the present and contain references and subtle hints to art and cultural history. The worlds that Ainala builds in her works are personal yet shared, fantastical but tell of very real experiences. Human figures are central in her work and problematization of the gaze a recurring theme. Ainala aims to create paintings that are open to interpretations, where each viewer can find their own points of identification.
Emma Ainala: Spring Cacophony (2022)
Photo: Jussi Tiainen
ILARI HAUTAMÄKI'S oeuvre blends the geometric abstract with the organic. In his richly coloured works Hautamäki investigates the relationships between the organic and the constructed, the fine balance between chaos and order. Developing his familiar theme of plants has led him to focus on the movement of the hand and to the inclusion of elements reminiscent of typography and calligraphy. Hautamäki composes works in the same way as a jazz piece: his paintings contain improvisation, rhythms, pauses, energies and fluidity.

Ilari Hautamäki: Up tempo (2022)
Photo: Jussi Tiainen

Emma Ainala (b. 1989) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki in 2013. Ainala's solo and group exhibitions include Hyvinkää Art Museum, Hyvinkää, Finland (2020), Finlandsinstitutets galleri, Stockholm, Sweden (2020), Jyväskylä Art Museum, Jyväskylä, Finland (2019), Charlottenborg Spring Exhibition, Copenhagen, Denmark (2018) and Kunsthalle Helsinki, Finland (2013). Ainala is represented in numerous public collections, such as Niemistö Collection and Saastamoinen Foundation.

Ilari Hautamäki (b. 1983) is a Helsinki based visual artist. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki in 2011. Hautamäki’s latest solo exhibitions include Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland (2019, 2021) and HAM Gallery, Helsinki, Finland (2017). His group exhibitions include those at Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Mänttä Art Festival, Hämeenlinna Art Museum, Jyväskylä Art Museum, and the Young Artists exhibition at Kunsthalle. Helsinki. He is represented in public collections, such as HAM – Helsinki Art Museum, Hämeenlinna Art Museum and Wihuri Foundation.


You can discover our booth on ARTSY from August 22 to September 11.