Young Artist of the Year 2017: Tiina Pyykkinen

Ars Nova
8.9.−5.11.2017

Tiina Pyykkinen is a skilful manipulator of pigments, solvents and varnishes. With her materials, she creates illusions that require more than one glance to be grasped. She covers her paintings with thick layers of varnish that change the essence of the image and its colours. Pyykkinen is interested in the relationship between individual perception and the physiological world. These two collide when, for example, an apparently purple surface shines in gold when seen from another direction.

The glossy paintings and their reflections seem to avoid the gaze. The works must be looked at from different angles to see the whole. The form of the viewer and views from the surrounding space are reflected onto the metallic surfaces. These obscure mirror images emphasise the themes of temporality and ending in the paintings.

Tiina Pyykkinen (b. 1983 in Saarijärvi) is the 33rd artist to be named as the Young Artist of the Year. Awarded by the Tampere Art Museum, the prize aims to support internationally promising Finnish artists under the age of 35. The award exhibition is seen annually at the Tampere Art Museum and at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.

Vuoden 2017 nuori taiteilija Tiina Pyykkinen. Kuva: Jari Nieminen, Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova.
Tiina Pyykkinen: Until it Melts Away, 2017, alkyd, oil and purple pigment on canvas 180 x 150 cm. Photo: Rauno Träskelin
Tiina Pyykkinen: Until it Melts Away, 2017 (detail) alkyd, oil and purple pigment on canvas 180 x 150 cm. Photo: Rauno Träskelin
Tiina Pyykkinen: Until it Melts Away, 2017 (detail) alkyd, oil and purple pigment on canvas 180 x 150 cm. Photo: Rauno Träskelin
Tiina Pyykkinen: Shared Space, 2017 (detail) alkyd, oil and green pigment on canvas 210 x 370 cm Photo: Rauno Träskelin