Olli Lyytikäinen, Untitled, 1970, mixed media on paper, 10 5⁄8 × 7 7⁄8".

Olli Lyytikäinen, Untitled, 1970, mixed media on paper, 10 5⁄8 × 7 7⁄8".

Olli Lyytikäinen

Galerie Forsblom | Helsinki

Olli Lyytikäinen (1949–1987) was a pioneer of late modern painting in Finland. He was self-taught, but came to figure on the international scene during his brief lifetime, showing in the 1982 exhibition “Sleeping Beauty—Art Now: Scandinavia Today” at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Forty-Second Venice Biennale in 1986, where he represented his native country. In this recent celebration of the artist’s life and work, Galerie Forsblom presented a selection of drawings and paintings on paper and canvas representative of Lyytikäinen’s eclectic style, which drew influences from the international movements of his time and the early-twentieth-century avant-garde as well as from psychoanalysis and myth.

The twenty-two works on display, mostly Untitled and spanning the years 1970 to 1984, were remarkable for their immediacy, each expressing subtle yet strong emotional states through

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