Anssi Hanhela

s. 1962
Visual Artist
Residence: Oulu

Contact information

Phone number: +358443450135

Artist’s Statement

My art works process my interest in nature and the human philosophy of life.
In my art I open my mind to fantasies, hopes, disappointments, anxieties and unfairness through morality, friendship, love and eroticism.

Art is parsing the senses, and parsing is everything an artist should do.
Anssi Hanhela

Anssi Hanhela (b.1962) paints life. In his expressionism paintings vitality collides with existentialism.
In northern mindscapes this is no wonder for one who follows his internal nature, the road leads to a place without other people.
In the landscape, colors ring and ascendeth and eros is realized, glowing brightly.

However, in the mystical reality of nature, man is only a voyeur and mental connection, not an organic participant.
The relationship between humans is originally organic and of the body,
but when another person climbs on the other´s shoulders to become a burden, it kills the possibility of organic communication.
In this way, humans are only organic in relation to themselves.
They are existential – beings, that feel in many ways what exists singularly and what it is to be alone.

I can see this kind of perspective in Anssi Hanhela's paintings.
Their narrative and painterliness express a similar content.
At times freedom flows like breathing, although the soul has been captured in a zoo.
At other times the internal urge flows inward with sharp consequences.
The feeling of conflict is present.
At the end, it is nature that calls and Hanhela's images display hope and a new kind of urge to combine inner and outer nature.

Henri Hagman
painter, art critic
Rovaniemi, Finland
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Anssi Hanhela (f. 1962) målar livet. I hans expressionistiska verk kolliderar vitalismen med existentialismen.
I de norra själsliga landskapen är detta inte alls underligt: för den som lyssnar till sitt inre väsen leder vägen till en plats tom på människor.
I landskapet ljuder och flammar färgerna starka och eros avbildas färggrant lysande.

Ändå är människan inför den mystiska verkligheten dock enbart en efterföljare, en mental deltagare, inte organisk.
Förhållandet till den andra människan är till en början organiskt, kroppsligt,
men då den ena personen blir en börda på den andras skuldror dör möjligheten till organisk kommunikation.
På detta sätt är människan endast organisk i relation till sig själv.
Hon är en existentialist – känner på många sätt vad som existerar i sig självt och hur det känns att vara ensam.

Jag kan skönja denna aspekt i Anssi Hanhelas målningar.
Målningarnas sätt att berätta och de måleriska intrycken tillkännager samma innebörd.
Stundom flyter friheten lika lätt som då man andas, trots att själen har fångats in i en djurpark.
I ett annat ögonblick strömmar den inre viljan inåt med skarpa konsekvenser.
Konfliktkänslan är närvarande.
I slutskedet kallar ändå naturen inbjudande till sig och Hanhelas verk visar hopp om en ny revansch, som förenar naturens inre och yttre väsen.

Henri Hagman
målare, konstkritiker
Rovaniemi
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Current information

4-15 June 2019
Borey-taidekeskus, 191104, St. Petersburg, Liteiny prospekt 58, Pietari

Taidemaalariliitto tm•gallery one man show
3.2. – 23.2. 2020

Bio

From Northern Finland

Two adult children...

I want to experiment and have a sense of inner freedom and courage in order to make works of art using different forms of contemporary art. To achieve this, I will combine different materials and media and also use various techniques.
My goal is to discard my traditional ways of working and move in a more experimental direction.

Anssi Hanhela (b.1962) paints life. In his expressionism paintings vitality collides with existentialism.
In northern mindscapes this is no wonder for one who follows his internal nature, the road leads to a place without other people.
In the landscape, colors ring and ascendeth and eros is realized, glowing brightly.

However, in the mystical reality of nature, man is only a voyeur and mental connection, not an organic participant.
The relationship between humans is originally organic and of the body,
but when another person climbs on the other´s shoulders to become a burden, it kills the possibility of organic communication.
In this way, humans are only organic in relation to themselves.
They are existential – beings, that feel in many ways what exists singularly and what it is to be alone.

I can see this kind of perspective in Anssi Hanhela's paintings.
Their narrative and painterliness express a similar content.
At times freedom flows like breathing, although the soul has been captured in a zoo.
At other times the internal urge flows inward with sharp consequences.
The feeling of conflict is present.
At the end, it is nature that calls and Hanhela's images display hope and a new kind of urge to combine inner and outer nature.

Henri Hagman
painter, art critic
Rovaniemi, Finland