Taru Happonen

Taru Happonen

Taru Happonen (b. 1989, Lahti, FI) is a visual artist living and working in Helsinki. She is currently completing her master’s studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki. She has exhibited her works actively in Finland and abroad, most recently at Saatchi Gallery in London and Galleria Forum Box in Helsinki.

In Taru Happonen’s works, the environment and organisms are examined from a microscopic close and far away from a cosmic scale.  Happonen’s expression has figurative features that break down into partially unidentifiable. Her works may often be seen as something between painting and sculpture. Bustling impasto painting is combined with other materials. In addition to oil paint, she uses, for example, recycled plastic, linen, and wood. Organic and inorganic are irrevocably intertwined.

Taru Happonen’s works are included in the Finnish State Art Deposit Collection and HUS (Helsinki University Hospital) art collection as well as in private collections in Finland and abroad.

Location

Uusimaa

Born

1989

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ParasiteTaru Happonen, Parasite, oil on recycled plastic, 74 cm x 62 cm x 2 cm ,2022. Photo: Taru Happonen.

No limbs, no eyesTaru Happonen, No limbs, no eyes, oil and pearlescent pigment on linen, 130 cm x 110 cm x 4 cm ,2022. Photo: Taru Happonen.

Electric currentTaru Happonen, Electric current, oil on linen, frames made of recycled plastic, 76 cm x 63 cm x 4 cm ,2022. Photo: Taru Happonen.

Endless forms most beautifulTaru Happonen, Endless forms most beautiful, oil and pearlescent pigment on linen, 200 cm x 265 cm x 4 cm ,2022. Photo: Taru Happonen.

Cosmic zoomTaru Happonen, Cosmic zoom, oil and pearlescent pigment on linen, frames made of recycled plastic, 76 cm x 63 cm x 4 cm ,2022. Photo: Taru Happonen.

SensoryTaru Happonen, Sensory, oil on recycled plastic, 74 cm x 62 cm x 2 cm ,2022. Photo: Taru Happonen.

Ice-capped butterflyTaru Happonen, Ice-capped butterfly, oil and pearlescent pigment on linen, frames made of recycled plastic, 76 cm x 63 cm x 4 cm ,2022. Photo: Taru Happonen.

HormesisTaru Happonen, Hormesis, oil on recycled plastic, 74 cm x 62 cm x 2 cm ,2022. Photo: Taru Happonen.

CrypsisTaru Happonen, Crypsis, oil and gesso on linen, 200 cm x 140 cm x 4 cm ,2022. Photo: Taru Happonen.

Taru Happonen, An invasive speciesPainting installation. Exhibited in the group exhibition Ebb and Flow at Kuva/Tila gallery at the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki. Photo: Aukusti Heinonen

Taru Happonen, An invasive species (detail)Painting installation. Exhibited in the group exhibition Ebb and Flow at Kuva/Tila gallery at the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki.

Taru Happonen , An invasive species (detail)Painting installation. Exhibited in the group exhibition Ebb and Flow at Kuva/Tila gallery at the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki.

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