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 2022, Galerie Forsblom will spotlight three Finnish artists: Eeva Peura, Emma Helle and Kaarina Kaikkonen. Working between different media - Helle with ceramics, Kaikkonen with textiles and Peura with painting - their practices share a boundless curiosity as to what it means to be human according to different historical, social and imaginary contexts.

Eeva Peura Fortuna, 2022, Oil on Canvas, 140h x 130w cm 55.12h x 51.18w in

Emma Helle, Les gargouilles, 2021, Glazed, Gilded Red Clay, 67h x 40w x 40d cm 26.38h x 15.75w x 15.75d in

Kaarina Kaikkonen, Mutta silloinkin tarkoitin pelkkää hyvää / But Even Then I Meant Well, 2020, Men's shirt, glass, gold, 106h x 34w x 18d cm 41.73h x 13.39w x 7.09d in

Eeva Peura (FI)

Eeva Peura’s paintings are an amalgam of found images, imagined memories, and a contrary mix of paintings styles. She is intrigued by the way reality and fantasy becomes jumbled in our minds, and this fusion is what lends her paintings their fierce intensity. Peura’s paintings take shape through deep concentration on details such as tree branches, moons, rippling water, and the forms of plants and animals, but intuition and chance play an equally important role in her process.

Eeva Peura (b.1982) majored in painting at Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 2011. She has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in Finland. Her work is found in many private and public collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. She was the 2019 winner of the William Thuring Prize.

The transit of Venus

Oil on canvas, 100 x 90 cm
2022

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Kurjet

Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm
2022

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Fortuna

Oil on canvas, 140 x 130 cm
2022

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Mississippi Mermaids

Oil on canvas, 140 x 130 cm
2022

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Crumbs of Love

Oil on canvas, 100 x 90 cm
2022

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Eeva Peura

Photo by Leea Ylä Lyly

Emma Helle (FI)

Emma Helle is a sculptor who casts the spotlight on the marginalized creatures usually relegated to secondary status in art history. There is more to her ceramic figures: each one has a unique personality that shines through in the fine details. Adorned with pastel accents, each of her figures is recognizable for its distinctive gestures, expressions, and one-of-a-kind characteristics. The exuberant glazed surfaces highlight her mischievous, cheeky forms.

Helle (b.1979) is a graduate of the Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts. Her work is found in many private and public collections, including Helsinki Art Museum HAM, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the State Art Collection, the Saastamoinen Foundation. She has held many solo exhibitions at venues including the Turku Art Museum.

Coriolis

Glazed, gilded stoneware, 67h x 55w x 60d cm
2021

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Les gargouilles

Glazed, gilded red clay, 67h x 40w x 40d cm
2021

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Nothing of Him That Doth Fade

Glazed and gilded stoneware, 55h x 42w x 38d cm
2022

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Burning Pear

Glazed and gilded stoneware, 64h x 47w x 42d cm
2022

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The Witness

Glazed and gilded stoneware, 55h x 38w x 30d cm
2022

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Emma Helle at Galerie Forsblom, 2021

Kaarina Kaikkonen (FI)

Kaarina Kaikkonen, one of our most internationally recognized sculptors and artists, is known for shaping urban landscapes and emphasizing community through her installations. In her works, one can find references to current themes of humanity’s place in their own time, and of basic needs that always exist regardless of environment or culture. Old clothes contain the former user's presence, which wraps around Kaikkonen’s story and places the viewer before something new and unknown, but at the same time exceedingly familiar and intimate.

Kaikkonen (b. 1952) was awarded the Finland Prize of Art in 2001, and in 2013 the Order of the Lion of Finland awarded her Knight, First Class. Kaikkonen has also received international awards such as Public Prize in Den Haag Sculptuur in the Netherlands and Honorable Mention at the Cairo 11th Biennale in Egypt.

Sometimes the Goodness Flickers on the Horizon

Men's shirts, 172h x 285w cm
2010

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Elämän valttikortit / I Had The Upper Hand

Mixed media, 193h x 134w cm
2017

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Mutta silloinkin tarkoitin pelkkää hyvää / But Even Then I Meant Well

Men's shirt, glass, gold, 106h x 34w x 18d cm
2020

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Kaarina Kaikkonen
Elämän suuntaviivat, (Life Directions?) Livets riktlinjer, 2020
aluminum frame, shirts
280h x 730w x 360d cm