Heikki Marila, FI

First prize Winner

Heikki Marila’s expressive paintings engage with a variety of themes. In large canvases he has reproduced details from religious subjects by 16th century painters including Albrecht Dürer and Matthias Grünewald. He has created dynamic self-portraits and painterly aerial maps, mainly of small industrial towns such as Mänttä and Riihimäki. Some of these are fragmentary, while others are covered by a close grid of different colours and intensities. In recent years, Marila has once again let himself be influenced by the old masters. In his similarly monumental Flowers he has used his characteristically flowing, expressive style to create contemporary descendants of symbolically laden 17th century Dutch floral still-lifes, which take on a veritable abstract quality due to their giant format. .

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