A Horse With A Name
26.02.–25.03.2023

Kim Somervuori (Fi)

Malerei / Zeichnung | painting / drawing

Toolbox Kabinett: Ute Lindner (Berlin)

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Kim Somervuori (b. 1975) represents his own unique style, swimming against the current of contemporary Finnish painting. The themes of his artwork draws widely from art and culture; alongside Modernist history of painting, there is a presence of both classic Western poetry and alternative hits of popular music. His gritty painting style has been honed to perfection. The strokes are skilful, as if they were made effortlessly. The composition falls into place as if by itself. And yet, everything is carefully crafted: The materials and handiwork are present. They are not hidden but they are still discreet. The artwork can be viewed without being aware of the presence of the artist. Consequently, Somervuori doesn’t charge his paintings with angst, doesn’t delve in action painting nor aestheticizes by reduction. The mainly good-humoured artworks rife with cultural references are rich and thoughtfully painted. The titles of the artworks matter, should the viewer want to find context offered by the artist, but this is by no means necessary. The weave of visual elements is sure to offer something for everyone.

Curator and gallerist Veikko Halmetoja has been working with Kim Somervuori for already a decade. Somervuori has held four solo exhibitions at Halmetoja’s gallery, but the collaboration between the curator and the artist has also proved fruitful in other exhibitions and projects. Somervuori’s exhibition at Toolbox is his first solo exhibition in Berlin. It has been organized by the artist in collaboration with Gallery Halmetoja.

Kim Somervuori’s art has been acquired in numerous significant Finnish art collections. The largest series of Somervuori’s artworks can be found in Kiasma, in the collection donated by Seppo Fränti to the Finnish National Gallery. Somervuori has graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki after previous art studies in Stockholm.

Photo artwork

Kimi Somervuori, Crysis, 2023
acrylics, ink on canvas
30 x 25 cm


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