Jani Hänninen at Galerie Anhava
Born in 1974 in Helsinki, painter Jani Hänninen started out as a graffiti-practicing street artist before going on to hone his technique at the prestigious Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Though his paintings are still quite clearly informed by street art today, alongside abstract expressionism, and still have the air of something created quickly and spontaneously on an urban street wall, they are now a much more considered effort – the final product of a long process of painting and re-painting until perfection. Hänninen, the 2010 winner of the William Thuring Grand Prize awarded to mid-career artists by the Finnish Art Society, appropriates themes from various inspirations – the street, television, music and newspapers – and combines them with his natural skill as a painter to create mesmerizing canvasses full color, form, life and chaos.
See Jani Hänninen’s work at Galerie Anhava, Sanomatalo, Mannerheiminaukio 3, Helsinki, Finland, +358 9 669 989