Juha Sääski

s. 1952, Helsinki
Visual Artist
Residence: Åminnefors

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Artist’s Statement

A common feature of my works dealing with relationships between an individual, the society and the main culture is the paradoxal nature of human life, a paradox in the powerstructures of individual and social demands. Tragicomicality is often the basic setting. According to Charlie Chaplin: "Life is tragic in the close up but comedy from the distance". Through satire and relating naivety and simplification as a part of the whole picture I try to avoid being too solemn. Also using those alienating elements I try to make the viewer think how the matter is linked with reality. With serious issues I bring together joyful and humorous elements as an expression of the complexity of life.
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Forthcoming solo shows:

Helsinki, Finland, 2019, 20.2. - 10.3. TM-Galleria

Berlin, 2019, 23.2. - 23.3. with Poul R. Weile, Galerie TOOLBOX

Group exhibitions:
Lahti Art Museum 6.9. - 2.12. 2018
the 90 years Jubileum exhibition of the Finnish Painters´ Union, "Fresh paint"

New York 30.3. - 28.4. 2019, Cooperative TOOLBOX, Gallery Art Helix

homepage: www.juha-saaski.fi

Bio

Juha Sääski has arranged more than 45 one-man shows in several finnish galleries ( mostly in Helsinki) and art museums and abroad, in Estonia (Tallinn) in Germany ( Ulm, Nuremberg, Berlin), he has participated more than 200 group exhibitions in Finland and several abroad: Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, DDR, Poland, Hungary. He has made many public monumental paintings, working as an art-teacher for instance in the University of Art and Design, Helsinki and Aalto-University . He has been the chairman of the Finnish Painters´Union, chairman of the Representative Body of the Artists´ Association of Finland, vice chairman of the Artists´ Association of Finland and so on... He is represented in several publications and works in several collections. Sääski has worked as a curator for several exhibitions.