Galerie Forsblom | CHART

Galerie Forsblom (FI)

Galerie Forsblom holds a unique position in the Nordic art scene as one of the largest and most international contemporary art galleries operating in the region. Whilst the gallery’s exhibition programme incorporates a wide range of different visual media, Galerie Forsblom is renowned for representing excellence in both contemporary painting and sculpture. Founded in 1977 by Kaj Forsblom, Galerie Forsblom has from the very beginning presented works by established Finnish and international artists to both local and international audiences. Today the gallery’s Studio space functions as an additional context for presenting works by a carefully selected group of younger artists.


Curated for
CHART

For CHART 2021, Galerie Forsblom presents a selection of vivid oil paintings, works on paper and ceramic sculptures by the Finnish artist Jenni Hiltunen. Bold in her use of colour and examination of humanity, Hiltunen offers an intense, narratively framed view of the world that positions itself outside the margins of mainstream society. She avoids strict categorisation and instead builds moments, moods and situations taking source material from international fashion blogs and online advertising.


In her paintings, Hiltunen seeks the space where indeterminate yearning and absurdity combine. Far from pessimistic in tone, her primary point of departure lies in a fundamental appreciation for the joy of painting and an ongoing pursuit of the picturesque. Using bold brush strokes and an intense palette, Hiltunen creates stark visual contrasts that feel perfectly representative of today’s pace of living.


Jenni Hiltunen, Green Table, Oil on canvas, 150 x 130 cm, 2019

Jenni Hiltunen, Depressed Mother, Oil on canvas, 120 x 100 cm, 2019

Jenni Hiltunen, Lace Pillow, Watercolor on paper, 51 x 35 cm, 2020

Jenni Hiltunen, Girl in a Polo Shirt, Ceramic, 15 x 8 x 6 cm, 2020

Jenni Hiltunen (FI)

Jenni Hiltunen’s colour-drenched female figures paralyse the viewer with their intense gaze – they stare us straight in the eye with an air of fatigue and disgust, conveying unequivocally how tired they are of being the perpetual object of the gaze. Her paintings, like fashion imagery have a magnetic pull; there is something about them that forcibly seizes our attention. They tell intimate stories transcending the superficiality of glossy fashion portraits – they are windows into our shared experience of reality and everyday life. Hiltunen’s paintings draw visual inspiration from fashion imagery and photographs of her family. These dual reference points are intimately connected to the artist’s personal history. As a young girl growing up in rural Finland, Hiltunen and her sisters entertained themselves by staging make-believe fashion shoots in deserted farmhouses and fields. Growing up, her only female role models, in addition to members of her own family were MTV stars and models posing in second-hand fashion magazines. The contradiction between these two realities was a major formative influence for the artist, leaving an indelible mark on her identity and her conception of beauty, opportunity, happiness and humanity more broadly.

Jenni Hiltunen (b. 1981) lives and works in Helsinki. Having received her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts (Helsinki) in 2007, she has presented several solo exhibitions of her work and has participated actively in group exhibitions both in Finland and abroad. Paintings by Hiltunen are represented in the collections of Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the Saastamoinen Foundation Collection.

Lace Pillow

Watercolor on paper, 51 x 35 cm
2020

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August

Oil on canvas, 150 x 130 cm
2019

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Depressed Mother

Oil on canvas, 120 x 100 cm
2019

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Green Table

Oil on canvas, 150 x 130 cm
2019

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Painter

Oil on canvas, 180 x 140 cm
2020

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Woman Sitting On Bed

Oil on canvas, 220 x 150 cm
2020

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Yet Untitled

Watercolor on paper, 73 x 53 cm
2020

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Conversation

Watercolor on paper, 73 x 53 cm
2020

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Woman in a Green Dress

Ceramic, 28 x 20 x 7 cm
2020

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Girl in a Polo Shirt

Ceramic, 15 x 8 x 6 cm
2020

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Jannis Varelas (GR)

Varelas works across the mediums of painting, collage, sculpture, video art, and performance. His sculpture entitled The Raft – a human-like figure holding unusual utensils on a seagoing vessel – is a perfect example of Varelas’ playful approach.

An ironic narrative style is typical of the Greek artist Jannis Varelas (b.1977), whose imaginative art often addresses social issues in a subtle yet playful way. Varelas is never coy about questioning prevailing social norms, which he does in his own distinctively expressive, surreal, and naïvist style.

His work is found in prominent private and institutional collections, among which are the Saatchi Collection, London; the Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens; the Irene Panagopoulos Collection, Athens; the Zabludowicz Collection, London; The Onassis Foundation Collection, New York; The Hort Family Collection, New York; the Gilbert and Doreen Bassin Collection, New York; the Oliver Frankel and Carole Server Collection, New York; Lenikus Collection, Vienna; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki and Belvedere Museum, Vienna.

The Raft

Sculpture, bronze 122h x 182w x 158d cm 48h x 71.6w x 62.2d in Edition 1 / 3+1, each unique
2020

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The Lion

Oil, acrylic, pastel and gesso on canvas, 200h x 200w cm 78.7h x 78.7w
2020

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Conversation Piece

Oil, acrylic, pastel and gesso on canvas, 150h x 150w cm, 59h x 59w
2020

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Outside the Woods

Oil, acrylic, pastel and gesso on canvas, 150h x 150w cm, 59h x 59w
2020

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Jenni Hiltunen, 2019. Photo By Paavo Lehtonen