Born in Järvenpää, Finland 1969 I Lives and works in Helsinki
Baumgartner’s oeuvre consists chiefly of paintings, drawings, and installations. In addition to his artistic work, he is also a lecturer in drawing and perception at the Academy of Fine Arts. He has completed numerous public commissions. Baumgartner is represented in many prestigious Finnish collections including the Saastamoinen Foundation and Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art.
Galerie Forsblom has been representing Stig Baumgartner since 2017.
Stig Baumgartner work is inspired by private experiences and memories. In his latest works he combines precise, rational geometry with free, organic brushwork. The Key Figure 2020-21 paintings are based on a compositional principle combining an identical number of interconnected horizontal and vertical blocks. This principle visually and conceptually symbolizes the human figure, albeit that Baumgartner’s paintings ostensibly carry on the legacy of abstract geometrical painting. His compositions have the same, slightly twisted, off-axis symmetry as the human form.
Baumgartner’s work draws inspiration not only from the history of abstract art, but also from sources as varied as everyday observations of his surroundings to real people and vivid dreams. His rectangular blocks are like architectural floor plans. Through mundane associations, Baumgartner demystifies the mythic aura of abstract art. In his own words, there is always something warped and imperfect about abstract art, revealing something salient about the human imperfection of what we call rational thought.
Eight Room PaintingStig Baumgartner, Eight Room Painting, oil on canvas, 125 cm x 90 cm ,2021. Photo: Angel Gil.
RoyalStig Baumgartner, Royal, Oil on canvas, 130 cm x 90 cm ,2021. Photo: Angel Gil.
PoseStig Baumgartner, Pose, oil on canvas, 100 cm x 70 cm ,2021. Photo: Angel Gil.
works on paperStig Baumgartner, works on paper, pencil, pastels, oil pastels, 50-70 cm x 40-60 cm ,2021-2022. Photo: Stig Baumgartner.
Assemblies serieStig Baumgartner, Assemblies serie, pastels and oil pastels on paper, 45 cm x 55 cm ,2021. Photo: Angel Gil.
Installation view, Galerie ForsblomStig Baumgartner, Installation view, Galerie Forsblom, pastels on paper, wall painting, 300 cm x 800 cm ,2022. Photo: Angel Gil.
Assemblies, Galerie ForsblomStig Baumgartner, Assemblies, Galerie Forsblom, Installation, 300 cm x 800 cm ,2022. Photo: Angel Gil.
Installation view, Galerie ForsblomStig Baumgartner, Installation view, Galerie Forsblom, oil painting, wall painting, 250 cm x 400 cm ,2022. Photo: Angel Gil.
Stig Baumgartner, BrotherOil on canvas, 130 x 130 cm, 2020. Photo: Angel Gil
Stig Baumgartner, SkullyOil on canvas, 100x 100 cm, 2020. Photo: Angel Gil
Stig Baumgartner, Key Figuresinstallation view, Galerie Forsblom, 2021. Photo: Angel Gil
Stig Baumgartner, ColorOil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm, 2019. Photo: Angel Gil