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Hirvelä & Mantere


Galleria Kellokas
Tunturintie 54
95970 Äkäslompolo (Kolari)

28.1.–5.5. mo–su klo 9–17
6.5.–2.6. mo–fri klo 9–16

Galleria Kellokas

Markku Hirvelä - Olli Mantere

Sculptures 30.3.- 5.5.2019

Opening 29.3.2019 klo 16-18


”My sculptures aim to capture impressions of the fleetingness and the different dimensions of time. In my sculptures one can experience the northern summer’s low angle light, that I remember from my childhood spent in the polar circle. The presence
and force of nature is often a starting point in my art.” Markku Hirvelä was born in Rovaniemi in 1956 ja graduated as a sculptor from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 1984. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Finland and beyond, for example in Paris, Moscow and Berlin. Hirvelä has won several prizes in art competitions, among others Urho Kekkonen memorial competition and Hyvinkää’s Jussinmäki art competition. His work can be found both in domestic and foreign art collections, such as the collection of the State of Finland, Wihuri Foundation and Vantaa Art museum. Hirvelä lives and works in Kotka.

www.Taiteilijamatrikkeli/ Markku Hirvelä


”Raw material is an important starting point for my thinking; stones, trees, sticks, sand, clay, almost worthless pieces of the scenery. Objects, whose essence allow us to tap into their history. Bumps and traces of different kinds of interactions. They give hints of future possibilities. In my sculptures I use real events that meet the material of the sculpture. Punches, tenderness, occasional violence, slow erosion-like weathering away.” Olli Mantere was born in Tampere in 1972 and graduated as a sculptor from Carrara’s Art Academy in 2001. His first solo exhibition was in 2005 in Galleria Uusikuva, Kotka. He has received numerous awards in art competitions, such as in Kotka Theater art competition, Jätkäsaari art competition and Finland’s winter war art competition. His work can be found in several collections, such as the art collection of the State of Finland and the collection of the city of Helsinki. He lives and works in Kotka.