Jukka Kettunen

Jukka Kettunen

I have always been deeply drawn to the artists of the Renaissance. I admire their use of colour and composition. I love their choice and treatment of subject matter. The “rules” they laid down then are still relevant today. Time has of course, affected these works, but for me, it has enhanced them. From scratched and cracked textures to under-painted layers re-surfacing, the erosion of the years adds new and alluring depths of meaning. Some paintings have been almost “destroyed” from decay and yet for me, they have evolved into new and beautiful forms which have a fresh power to touch the viewer, often in a mystical way. I am fascinated how time, gravity, light, air, movement can cause these changes. The essence of this melting and reformation is at the heart of my work. Where it is today may change tomorrow. But then, that’s the effect of Time’s endless melting and reforming.

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