Mari Rantanen is one of Finland’s most celebrated colourists. Many undoubtedly still remember her highly acclaimed 2005 solo show at Millesgården Art Museum that subsequently toured throughout Sweden and Finland. Mari Rantanen held a professorship at the Royal Institute of Fine Art from 1996 to 2005. Over the course of the past ten years, she has exhibited frequently at museums, art institutions and galleries in both Europe and the United States.
The exhibition at Konstnärshuset is her first solo presentation in Stockholm in ten years. In Stora Galleriet (the Main Gallery), Rantanen presents a selection of paintings from 2015 to 2017 and in Lilla Galleriet (the Small Gallery) a collection of monotypes from 2017.
Mari Rantanen is interested in the interplay of colour and form, in the expressive power of light and the spiritual possibilities offered by painting. Her work is characterised by powerful force fields – often in the form of complex patterns. These patterns refer to man-made systems, and are brought about through meticulous preparation and concentration. The artist has said that she sees Painting as a means of rendering life visible, a way of creating good places for emotions. No life without colour.
Mari Rantanen is especially current in 2017, having recently completed two large public commissions – one at the Stockholm City Line station at Odenplan, and the other consisting of the overall artistic design of the Niittykumpu Metro Station in Espoo, Finland.
Celia Prado, artistic director/curator SKF