Kari Vehosalo’s art gives form to the mutually shared abstract social reality. Social norms, caring, work, death, pleasure and pain are present in his art but as detached from the familiar meanings. Vehosalo’s iconic pictorial language plays with the sense of reality by representing things and worlds that are true, but not real. By process of alienation Vehosalo’s artistic practise enables the constant re-evaluation of the ontological map that we hold up against the world.
Kari Vehosalo (born 1982 Finland) has graduated from Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Institute of Fine Arts and Aalto University, University of Art and Design. Vehosalo is represented in many major collections, e.g. : KIASMA – museum of contemporary art, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Helsinki Art Museum, Lahti Art Museum. In 2017 he won the Ars Fennica prize. He lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.
Kari Vehosalo, Still Life IVOil and charcoal on canvas, 170 cm x 135 cm, 2020. Photo: Jussi Tiainen
Kari Vehosalo, Finnhorse IIOil on canvas, 155 cm x 195 cm, 2020. Photo: Jussi Tiainen
Kari Vehosalo, Wanderer IIOil on canvas, 120 cm x 105 cm, 2020. Photo: Jussi Tiainen
Kari Vehosalo, Young Adults VOil on canvas, 145 cm x 195 cm, 2020. Photo: Jussi Tiainen
Kari Vehosalo, Three Figures on a StageOil on canvas, 195 cm x 157 cm, 2020. Photo: Erno Enkenberg
Kari Vehosalo, Young Adults I (With Holbein’s Floating Skull)Ooil on canvas, 200 cm x 150 cm, 2017. Photo: Erno Enkenberg
Kari Vehosalo, exhibition view: Galerie Anhava. Photo: Jussi Tiainen
Kari Vehosalo, exhibition view: KIASMA – Museum of Contemporary Art. Photo: Pirje Mykänen
Kari Vehosalo, exhibition view: Sara Hildén Art Museum. Photo: Jussi Koivunen