Heli Tuhkanen

Basic information

b. 1950, Pello
Visual Artist, Painter
Residence: Helsinki

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Artist’s Statement

In my art I describe what I find essential and what I cannot force into words; something about the moments when you realize the absurdity of life.

Night reigns in many of my paintings: a time of subconscious dreams, a condition transforming reality into puzzled and hidden pictures.

My characters make their way like mute strangers in an existentialist world where dreams and reality are intertwined.

To me painting is an opportunity of absence, in another world, concentrated in one thing only, in silence, alone.

I paint with oil on chalk primed canvas using thin layered paints. With this slow technique I obtain the world of light and colour that I strive for.

In sculpture I use recycled materials in search for a way to express life in multiple dimensions.

Being human: resurrection, being different is materialized in my artwork.

During the last few years I have been working mainly with sculptures.

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Current information

Solo exhibitions:
10.1.- 3.2.2019 All and nothing, Galleria Duetto, Helsinki
17.4.-11.5.2019 Games are over, Galleria Malmitalo, Helsinki
22.11-11.12.2019 High heel shoes, Galleria Saskia, Tampere