Jari Järnström

3.3.2021 - 28.3.2021

Old Themes Revisited 2.0


The works of the exhibition Old Themes Revisited 2.0 are from this and last year. The paintings are a recap of the motives and themes that I have repeated in my works over the last 31 years. These include e.g. faces, figures, abstract backgrounds, wings, planets and letters.

Icarus has been my subject repeatedly. The myth of Icarus depicts a man’s desire to rise to the sky like a bird and be able to float weightlessly in the air from place to place. But at the same time Icarus has been used as a symbol to warn people of arrogance. Despite his father’s warning, Icarus rose too close to the sun, causing the wax, which was a binder in the wings of feathers, to melt and the boy fell into the sea and died.

The exhibition also includes works depicting spatial visions. I started this series last March. These cosmic scenes I have painted among other topics 1-2 paintings a week. In this exhibition from this series included only fraction.

The works of the exhibition are painted with acrylic inks, acrylic paints, spray paints and finished with oil paints.

Image: Icarus 2.0, 2020 / acrylic, spray paint and oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm


Jari Järnström was born in Lahti in 1960, lives and works in Helsinki and he was graduated Master of Fine Arts at Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts, in 2003. He has been actively participating in exhibitions in Finland and abroad. Private exhibitions have been e.g. in tmGallery, Gallery Bakeliittibambi, Gallery Uusitalo, Gallery Bronda, Gallery Saskia, Gallery Katariina, Gallery Aarni, Gallery Pirkko-Liisa Topelius and Gallery Pleiku in Berlin.
For collective and group exhibitions he has participated in Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Russian, Germany, France, Great Britannia, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, United States and Japan.


Autumn Melancholy, 2020 / acrylic, spray paint and oil on canvas, 120 x 100 cm
Cosmos, 2020 / acrylic, spray paint and oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm