Anu Kauhaniemi

Helsinki Music Centre 19.6.2012 00.35 pm, oil on canvas, 150 x 230 cm, 2013

Anu Kauhaniemi
IN THE POSITION OF AN OBSERVER
2012-13

While my paintings are undeniably figurative, characteristics of abstract art can be found in them. I break the illusion of perspective with two-dimensional compositions. I simplify the variations in value to dark and light surfaces, where depth is almost completely absent. Ultimately it is about portraying a three-dimensional space as a two-dimensional surface.

"Anu Kauhaniemi paints urban surroundings and the world of young adults in a way that puts the spectator in the position of an observer. The interiors look familiar, yet they remain anonymous. She has the capability of depicting natural light – its reflections and shadows – beautifully. Her brush strokes are vacant and elegant. The blacks and whites are both nuanced and expressive."

 

Veikko Halmetoja, Art critic

From the series Helsinki Music Centre 19.6.2012 01.16 pm, oil on canvas, 58 x 78 cm, 2012

Anu Kauhaniemi

From the series Helsinki Music Centre 19.6.2012 01.16 pm, oil on canvas, 58 x 78 cm, 2012

Anu Kauhaniemi

From the series Helsinki Music Centre 19.6.2012 01.16 pm, oil on canvas, 58 x 78 cm, 2012

Anu Kauhaniemi

Helsinki Music Centre 4.6.2012 02.35 pm, oil on canvas, 61 x 115 cm, 2012

Anu Kauhaniemi

Helsinki Music Centre 4.6.2012 03.42 pm, oil on canvas, 150 x 110 cm, 2012

Anu Kauhaniemi

Helsinki Music Centre 4.6.2012 03.13 pm, oil on canvas, 80 x 230 cm, 2013

Anu Kauhaniemi

Café Sonntag Berlin 19.9.2011 10.02 am, oil on canvas, 80 x 230 cm, 2012

Café Esplanad Helsinki 13.2.2012 11.56 am 2012, oil on canvas, 150 x 110 cm, 2012

Café Esplanad Helsinki 13.2.2012 11.56 am 2012, oil on canvas, 150 x 110 cm, 2012

from the series Café Talo Helsinki 15.10.2012 11.47 am, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 cm, 2013

From the series Café Talo Helsinki 15.10.2012 11.47 am, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 cm, 2013

From the series Café Talo Helsinki 15.10.2012 11.47 am, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 cm, 2013

From the series Café Talo Helsinki 15.10.2012 11.47 am, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 cm, 2013

© 2017 Anu Kauhaniemi

from the series Café Talo Helsinki 15.10.2012 11.47 am, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 cm, 2013