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Ten Finnish Artists

Text written by Emiy Quli

Finland, although perhaps more commonly renowned for its breath taking  Nordic Lakes and the Northern Lights, has a flourishing contemporary art scene. People travel to Finland for its natural beauty, often over – looking the under publicised art scene which exacerbates this native beauty. From Jussi Goman’s regenerative Fauvist works to Peetu Liesinen’s intricate drawings and paintings, here are ten Finnish artists that you should be following today. 

Jenni Hiltunen


Jenni Hiltunen

Jenni Hiltunen’s contemporary paintings depict human figures built with new, gaunt dimensions through her use of shades and colours offering fresh perspectives to approach the female portrait. The gazes she portrays are haunting and melancholic. There is a certain solemnity and nonchalance to her work. Although she paints the everyday, it certainly isn’t mundane as the figures ensure that the audience is drawn to the vibrance of the character. 

Tuukka Tammisaari


Tuukka Tammisaari

Tammisaari’s work has an abundance of  explosive shapes, fragments, colours and blocks. Despite a slightly overwhelming and anarchic initial feel, everything fits coherently and makes sense on a thorough glance. They are deep works of imagination and coordination. The titles themselves are an ode to the imagination and provide the observer with direction to approach and acknowledge the image. 

Jukka Virkkunen


ten Finnish Artists

Virkkunen is provisional of innovative methods of creating art. His feed is full of “behind the scenes” style videos of him using his mop to create incredible pieces. This shows the fun and excitement involved with the production of art. His inkworks, although appear rather monolithic are intimidating and full of depth, particularly against the blatancy of the white wall on which he presents them.

Ari Pelkonen


ten Finnish Artists

Each of Ari Pelkonen’s works feels like a verb through the different envisagement of lines and the way they can transform and move on a canvas. The gradient of colours and the depth of dimensions all move through these lines. These create complex, pleasing and soothing pictures to look at. 

Timo Vaittinen


ten Finnish artists

Timo Vaittinen’s work is alive. Things fold into each other and fold out of the canvas. The colours break apart and come out together. Pictures, creatures and large overwhelming shapes dominate the canvas. They are large and, on occasion, rather psychedelic, immersing the observer into each imafe as they try to make sense of it. 

Karoliina Hellberg


ten Finnish artists

Helberg’s paintings are transformative of ordinary landscapes, changing them into ethereal and exotic fantasies. The vibrancy of each of her paintings injects the scenes she paints with a potency of life that cannot help but translate off the canvas.

Peetu Liesinen


ten Finnish artists

Peetu depicts enchanting figures through archaic style drawings and paintings. The figures and portraits are always removed from the observer through the dated feel to them and the inability for the characters to engage with the audience. They are detailed and yet there is an absence to the figures – a mystery to each one he paints. Peetu is both able to tell a story about a character and censor elements to it. 

Petri Ala-Maunus


Ten Finnish Artists

Ala – Maunus’s portraits provide the inky backdrop and scenery for the melting pot of colours to intermingle, mix and divulge. The identity of each of the figures is sacrificed as the emotions of the portraits dominate and dictate the paintings. This is done through the varying colour schemes he uses. The eyes of each portrait eerily haunt the audience: remaining observant, still and unchanging in a canvas that is perpetually transitioning around it. 

Tuuli Kerätär


Ten Finnish Artists

Tuuli has an eclectic, experimental mix of works as if they are each resolving a train of thought. This consequently invites the audience to resonate their own thoughts with the beauty in every day life and the beauty that Tuuli depicts on the canvas. The paintings attempt to categorise each elusive thoughts through these beatific stimuli such as flowers, architecture and colour that resonate with the observer. 

Jussi Goman


Jussi Goman

Goman’s works are fun and playful. They take impressions of everyday objects from things such as fruit to flowers to create indulgent, progressive images. His work  has a real sense of Fauvism being regenerated into today’s contemporary climate. He is the wild beast of today experimenting with varying gradients, shapes and objects to create an impressive, holistic final image. 

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We asked 39 artists what they did to relax, here are their answers…

We asked 39 artists what they did to relax, here are their answers…

Paul Weiner (@POWeiner) – I cook. I’m really into Indian food and cauliflower lately. One of my favorites is aloo gobi.

Benjamin Murphy (@BenjaminMurphy_) – I read books in cafés with Oona.

Charley Peters (@CharleyPeters) – I don’t relax. It’s the one thing I’m completely crap at.

Remi Rough (@RemiRough) – I make music, mostly on my laptop but sometimes I play guitar too.

Jonny Green (@JonnyGreenArt) – Meditate, align my chakras, smoke crack.

Richard Stone (@Artist_Stone) – I avoid all social media! Ha, music always dramatically shifts my mood in the best way and I do like being out of London, often in the country.

Sally Bourke (@Justondark) – I’m learning how to make clay. Though if we are talking deep relaxation I like trash tv.

Kevin Perkins (@Kevin_Perkins_) – It’s a bit trite, but exercise is great for me. Lately I’ve been climbing.

Lee Johnson ( – Art books mainly, with a good whisky and test match cricket.

Jenny Brosinski (@Jenny_Brosisnski) – Hang out on my studio Sofa.

Andy Dixon (@Andy.Dxn) – I ask myself that same question from time to time. I’m still working on self-care concepts like taking days off and vacationing but so far failing pretty miserably at them. You can tell I’m bad at it by the way I just used the word “working” regarding taking time off.

Klone Yourself (@KloneYourself) – I travel alone and visiting the sea/ocean. Any kind of desert dry/wet realy calms me down.

Daisy Parris (@DaisyParris) – Painting is what relaxes me most but other than that I’ll listen to new music or go to the cinema or eat pizza.

Jake Chapman (@JakeChapmaniac) – Yoga.

Tom Anholt (@TomAnholt) – Play football

Spencer Shakespeare (@SpencerShakespeare) -Smoke pot listen play look draw, feel paint

Rowan Newton (@Rowan_Newton) – Watering my 76 plants and reading about furniture design and history. And exploring London on my bike, as it’s ever evolving.

Hayden Kays (@HaydenKays) – 6 Espresso martinis, a bucket of Vodka Red Bull, a fistful of Pro Plus, a couple of lines of small print and a patchy internet connection usually does the trick.

Matthew Allen (@Matthew__Allen) – We are lucky in Amsterdam that there are a number of great parks, so when I need to chill out I go and walk in Nature.

Rae Hicks (@Rae_Hicks_On_Gangs) – Watch the Sopranos whilst eating Italian food. Preferably mirroring what they are actually eating. With red wine.

Jonni Cheatwood (@Jonni_Cheatwood) – I’m a home body. I just want something to drink, lay on the couch with my wife & dog with comfy clothes and something mindless to watch… like Love Island.

Andrew Salgado (@Andrew.Salgado.Art) – yoga. travel. read novels.

Soumya Netrabile (@Netrabile) – I read and listen to a lot of music.

Luke Hannam (@LukeHannamPaintings) – Walk the dog.

Hedley Roberts (@HedleyRoberts) – Painting is a good way to relax. Other than that, I work out, or fiddle about with a guitar, swim in the sea at Margate, work on my motorbike or my campervan, tend my plants in my garden or lay on the sofa with my partner and our dog watching box sets.

Nick JS Thompson (@nickjsthompson) – I find it really hard to relax. Cooking helps me to switch off but getting out of the city and turning off electronic devices does the trick!

Neva Hosking (@NevaHosking) – I go hang out in my greenhouse til I feel better.

Justin Long (@_JustinLong) –

Erin Lawlor (@TheErinLawlor) – Swim – it’s another form of immersion.

Tony Riff (@TonyRiff) – Listening to music, drawing and daydreaming, mostly.

Justin Lee Williams (@ArtJLW) – Surf , play music , and fish. I think having time away from art is equally important as the art work itself.

Jordy Kerwick (@JordyKerwick) – Paint

Wingshan Smith (@wingshansmith) – Scrolling through astrology memes.

Fiona Grady (@Fiona_Grady) – I love watching films and reading novels for the escapism – it keeps me sane!

Obit (@LazyObit) – I play with my bunny, Pipsqueak or go cycling or have sex

Anthony Cudahy (@AnthonyCudahy) – I wish I had an answer to this – I’d be a lot healthier.

Johnny Thornton (@_JohnnyThornton) – I’m pretty busy between my art practice, my role as a gallery director, my social life and my need to see as much art as I can…so I don’t have a lot of downtime but when I do I’m usually at home hanging out with my wife and dog.

Danny Romeril (@D_Romeril) – draw, watch rubbish tv, listen to music and play my guitar

Florence Hutchings (@FlorenceBH) -I like to cook, watch tv and go for a few pints of Guinness.

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Oliver Elst – Episode 25 of the Delphian Podcast is now live!

Oliver Elst

In this episode of the Delphian Podcast we speak to the collector and curator Oliver Elst. He is the founder of the Cuperior Collection, which is a collection of works by some of the most exciting emerging and early-career African artists. We discuss how he got into collecting, the rise of online exhibitions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how this affects the way in which collectors purchase. He also gives us his tips for budding collectors, and tips for artists to get their work noticed. 

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10 of my favourite Contemporary Artists using Performance – selected by Rosie Gibbens

Artist Rosie Gibbens has selected her top 10 picks for artists using performance that we should all know about.

Anna Perach@Anna_Perach

Beautiful carpet creations

artists using performance

Emily Louise Perry@EmilyLouisePerry

Working with non-actors to create uncomfortably voyeuristic yet intimate experience for viewers

artists using performance

Katherine Araniello@KatherineAraniello

Sharply satirical, hilarious and political work.

Katherine Araniello

Keijaun Thomas @Keioui

Performances that are both confronting and caring. Striking, sad, yet joyful.

Keijaun Thomas

Korallia Stergides@Aillarok

Improvising  characters into absurd stories. Playful and weird.

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Mette Sterre@MetteSterre

Creation of strange characters and abstract narratives through body assemblages and experimental costumes.

mette sterre

Rosa Doornebal@PictureOnScreen

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Absurd, unsettling and funny. Interacting with sculptural objects as body substitutes.

Rosa Johan Uddoh@Rosa_Johan

Political and deadpan (my fav combo). Complicating language and interrogating institutions.

rosa johan uddoh

Tim Spooner@TSpooner0

Big stage installations with ingenious chain reaction creations and intriguing creatures.

artists using performance

Yuki Kobayashi@YukiKobayashi0226

I like it when something that appears silly is taken deadly seriously by the performer.

yuki Kobayashi

What did you think of this list of artists using performance? Feel free to let us know your thoughts, or to suggest other topics to cover in the comments below.

Corona Special 2 – Episode 24 of the Delphian Podcast is now live!

corona special 2

In the next two episodes of the Delphian Podcast, as we are locked down during the Coronavirus outbreak, we will be finding out about the work of the two Delphian Gallery directors. 

In this second special edition episode of the Delphian Podcast, Delphian director Nick JS Thompson interviews Delphian director Benjamin Murphy. We talk about his work, journey in the art world, and advice for young artists just starting out. We also delve into the topic of freedom within your work and the importance of experimentation to keep you inspired and work fresh. 

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Corona Special 1 – Episode 23 of the Delphian Podcast is now live!

corona special

In the next two episodes of the Delphian Podcast, as we are locked down during the Coronavirus outbreak, we will be finding out about the work of the two Delphian Gallery directors. For this episode Benjamin Murphy talks to Nick JS Thompson about his work, his journey into the art world away from the traditional art school route, what he would change about the art industry, and his upcoming projects.

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Matt Martin – Episode 21 of the Delphian Podcast is now live!

Episode 21

Artist, photographer, curator and publisher Matt Martin joins us for episode 21 of the Delphian Podcast just before the lockdown. Aside from his personal practice, Matt is the events manager of the newly opened Photo Book Cafe in Shoreditch, as well as being the creator of the Photocopy Club.

We talk about collaboration in the art world, his affinity for Americana, the importance of supporting artist led projects and his latest book “American Xerography in Colour”, among other things. 

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Special edition of the Delphian Podcast – Episode 20 – Questions about the art world you were afraid to ask

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From left to right – Benjamin Murphy, Charley Peters, Jemma Hickman, Nick JS Thompson

In this special edition of the Delphian Podcast we have a recording of a panel discussion that we were invited to lead by Maddie Rose Hills as part of her programme surrounding an exhibition she curated entitled “Where you are not” at Copeland Gallery in Peckham, London.

We chose the subject of “Questions about the art world you were afraid to ask” and invited artist and art writer Charley Peters, and Bo Lee Gallery director Jemma Hickman to join us on the panel to discuss the topic. We talk about the different ways in which to approach galleries, how to make yourself discoverable on social media, the different ways to approach your social media output, and the importance of networking to an artists’ career among many other topics. 

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Richie Culver – Episode 19 of the Delphian Podcast is now live!

episode 19

London based artist Richie Culver joins us on the Delphian Podcast. He tells us about his background and his very different beginnings working in caravan factories in Hull to his current life as an artist and father.

His work provokes strong reactions with viewers and we talk about this and the impact that this has on his work. We also talk about his new body of work of bold text pieces in which he is trying to move away from the working class tag which has been associated with him and the reasons behind this

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Aindrea Emelife – Episode 18 of the Delphian Podcast is now live!

Andrea emelife

Art critic, curator, art advisor, and presenter Aindrea Emelife joins us on the Delphian Podcast to talk about her route into such a varied career. As well as the aforementioned, she is also one half of Plop Residency and she gives us the low down on the history of the residency who she runs with Oli Epp. Other topics discussed are the role of the critic, how that is changing in the modern era and how it can inform a practice. 

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