Paavo Paunu

Ars Fennica candidate 2005

born 1965 in Tampere, lives in Rauma

The important thing in Paavo Paunu’s works is space. Since they are frequently extremely large, they become a real space that envelops the viewer, they fill the room or tear a hole in the wall, creating a new space. Paunu also has a powerful calling to materiality: the paintings easily acquire three dimensions, ceasing to be solely illusions, images of objects.

His works frequently have a wry, enigmatic humour, yet at the same time, they have a peculiar solemnity; the red walls of the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii, fluttering drapery, stage curtains gloomily descending.

Paunu’s human figure is fragile and incomplete, frequently lost, in the grip of his own delusions of grandeur or marooned on the farthest shores of the mind. The human being has lost his identity, he hides, evaporates into nothingness. Sometimes, Paunu’s pictures contain explicit religious references, reminders of church paintings, of the endless torments of hell, of the terror of those expelled from paradise, apocalyptic visions of a universe that smoulders and burns.

Many of his works take on cosmic overtones. The Earth is no more than a hillock covered with wintry trees, heavenly bodies float like balloons on the horizon, the planets play music, the moon touches the earth, land and sky unite like a man and a woman. In Paunu’s output scale does not apply solely to the size of the works, but also to his subject matter. It is all there, the past and the future, descending to the depths and rising to dizzying heights.

Pirjo Hämäläinen

Born 1965 in Tampere
Lives and works in Rauma


1986-91 Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki


2004 Bakeliittibambi Gallery, Helsinki
2003 Bakeliittibambi Gallery, Helsinki
2001 The Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma
2000 Bakeliittibambi Gallery, Helsinki
1997 Jangva Gallery, Helsinki
1996 Neste, Gasoline Station, Helsinki
1995 Mältinranta Art Center, Tampere
1995 TM-gallery, Helsinki
1993 Katariina Gallery, Helsinki
1992 Segerman Gallery, Loviisa


2004 Women and the Sea, The Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma
2003 Certain Magnetism, The Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma
2002 Ars Rauma, Rauma Art Museum, Rauma
2002 Ilomiehet, On the Road, Vantaa Art Museum, Vantaa
2001 The Bathers, Hämeenlinna Art Museum, Hämeenlinna
2001 The Bathers, The Tikanoja Art Museum, Vaasa
2001 Ilomiehet, On the Road, Rauma Art Museum, Rauma
2000 Ilomiehet, Galleria 2, Turku
1999 Maalaus–Målning–Painting, Amos Andersson Art Museum, Helsinki
1998 Bonzai, Hotel, Zürich, Switzerland
1998 Tunne ja hetki, Galleri Konstepidemin, Göteborg, Sweden
1998 The Exhibition of Finnish Artists, Kerava Art Museum, Kerava
1997 Mielen kasvu, Helsinki City Art Museum, Helsinki
1997 Sinun kuva, minun kuva, Sara Hilden Art Museum, Tampere
1996 Quartair-gallery, Haag, Holland
1996 Comment, Exhibition of Young Artists, WG, Espoo
1996 Triennal Sofia International Exhibition of Painting, Sofia
1996 The Exhibition of Finnish Artists, Hyvinkää
1994-1993 Gallery Valkoinen Huone, Tampere
1994 XL- Artmarket, The Turku Congress Hall, Turku
1993 The Exhibition of Finnish Artists, Karkkila
1989 Hjorring City Art Museum, Hjorring, Danmark


Helsinki City Art Museum
Kiasma Museum for Contemporary Art
Helsinki City Museum
The Lönnström Art Museum
Raimo Anttila Foundation
The State of Sweden
Tampere Museum for Contemporary Art
The Academy of Fine Arts.