Heikki Marila’s (b.1966) first solo exhibition at the Stockholm gallery consists of a suite of new works inspired by two seventeenth century Dutch painters, “Still life with oysters, a silver tazza and glassware”(1635) by Willem Claesz Heda and “Still life with a lobster, fruit, silver and China Ware”(1660) by Abraham van Beyeren. In his works, Marila explores not only the form of still life, but also leaves empty space open to further interpretation in the paintings.
“I’ve Always tried to use existing forms; It gives me the freedom to explore the actual painting,” says Heikki Marila. In a sense, the impasto layers of paint and striking materiality of the works hint at the themes and iconography featured in Marila’s paintings. Through the often monumental format of the paintings, Marila produces striking contrasts to the original, often intimately shaped iconography of the motifs, focusing instead on the potential of the paintings. Marila’s expressive paintings have garnered significant attention and he shows regularly in Finland and internationally. The artist graduated from the Turku School of Fine Arts in 1992. He was the first prize winner of the Carnegie Art Award in 2012, a distinction that earned him international attention. His work is represented in many institutional collections, including the Sara Hildén Art Museum, as well as in several private international collections.