Young Artist of the Year Reima Nevalainen at Tampere Art Museum
Reima Nevalainen (born 1984 in Espoo, Finland) is the 32nd recipient of the Young Artist of the Year award. His award exhibition is presented in Tampere Art Museum until 11th September 2016. Nevalainen's work is based on drawing and painting with a limited colour scale. Along with paintings, the exhibition features drawings and photographs from his stay in Japan.
“For me, a painting is a space where we can be simultaneously alive and dead. It is a time that does not yet have, or no longer has, meanings, concepts, words or habits. I regard this void to be the fundamental layer underlying everything. I want to dig it out with my images and direct attention to the intrinsic value of existence, to be found at all times beneath everything, underlying words and the meanings of life."
Nevalainen's works are laden with such feeling that in
his article in the exhibition catalogue art critic Veijo Halmetoja even
compares Nevalainen’s paintings to old South and Central European art, and
17th-century Baroque artworks in particular. Samuli Heinonen, himself Young
Artist of the Year in 2008 and Nevalainen’s former teacher, describes the young
artist’s paintings as works of masterly excellence and praises his sense of
Adults 12 e, children, pensioners and students 5 e. Prices for special exhibitions may be higher.
Photos Jari Kuusenaho / Tampere Art Museum