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Treats from Finland by

ceramist Heini Riitahuhta & painter Kristiina Uusitalo


We have the pleasure to welcome two even internationally very successful Finnish artists in the gallery!

Vernissage on Friday 1st December at 18:00 with live performance by Lara Virtanen

Wine will be provided by Château Clarettes

Ceramist Heini Riitahuhta

Hundreds of sheets of paper with silkscreen printed designs are piled in a tray rack in the studio of Heini Riitahuhta (born in 1975). Her original hand-drawn motifs can be found on her table. Heini veils her ceramic pieces with Finnish florablended with the results of her imagination. This ceramic artist is enchanted by seasonal variations. Despite the Finnish summer being Heini's favourite season, in her previous works she has been inspired by the melancholy winter. During this period, her imagination has been filled with effervescent frost flowers and their gauze-like, delicate structures.

In her art and design, Heini combines a range of decoration techniques consisting of hand painting, silkscreen printing and colouring with glazes. Layers of decorations create the feeling
that you can dive into the decor. It fills you with the sense that it is in
beautiful harmony with the glazed surface. Ceramic hexagons, sometimes ascending, sometimes imprints create a fascinating composition that grows piece by piece, containing a tiny cosmos in each of numberless fragments which, when taken together, form an expanding universe.

Presentation Heini Riitahuhta (FR, ENG, FI)

CV Heini Riitahuhta

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Painter Kristiina Uusitalo

began her career as an artist at the turn of the 1970s and 1980s. It includes a large number of landscapes, both in Finland and abroad. Her career spans several elements that have evolved over the years towards clarified expression, the precision of light and colour and the ability to become enraptured. She dares to let colours shine and she is a colourist to the greatest degree, even when approaching different shades of grey or the world of black and white. Kristiina Uusitalo's approach, addressing the phenomena of the figurative and the abstract, time and place, momentariness and space, has deepened year by year.

The watercolours by Kristiina Uusitalo that are on display are forceful works of art. Although the sensitivity characteristic of watercolour work is present, the main aspect of these paintings is making the immaterial material. They form a visually parallel series to Uusitalo's oil paintings. It is as if they condense through their size and technique what was previously under a magnifying glass in her large oil paintings. The landscape is now more whole, as it were, though still remaining hidden. These paintings also reveal in an interesting manner the similarities of watercolour and oil painting. When painting in oils on metal or with watercolour on paper, each act is bare. Kristiina Uusitalo's skilled brushwork is one of the cornerstones of her art.

Presentation Kristiina Uusitalo (FR, ENG, FI)

CV Kristiina Uusitalo

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