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.

Toni R. Toivonen (FI)

Working within the genre of conceptual painting, Toni R. Toivonen (b. 1987) has been using the process of decomposition as his artistic method for the past few years. He finds animals that have died of natural causes and leaves the carcass to rot on a brass plate. The decomposing animal leaves an imprint on the brass that not only immortalizes its silhouette, but literally captures the last remaining traces of the animal’s presence on earth.

Toni R. Toivonen graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2016. He has had several solo exhibitions and his work is found in numerous private and public collections, both in Finland and internationally.


Brass and organic material from dead animals

The Narrative

Brass and organic material from dead animals

Sliding Stop

Brass and organic material from dead animals

Toni Toivonen - Death is a Painting

Toni Toivonen, 'Death is a Painting,' Exhibition at Galerie Forsblom, 2022

Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Forsblom