Tõnis Saadoja's personal exhibition "Paper Town. Enveloped Sky"


Tõnis Saadoja will open his personal exhibition "Paper Town. Enveloped Sky" in Draakon gallery at 6pm on Monday, October 14, 2019. Exhibition will be open until November 2, 2019.
With his present exhibition, Tõnis Saadoja continues studying the space between the painting and the photographic image within a specific pictorial territory. Saadoja has been inspired by hyperrealism in his work while using classical painting techniques; with his recent exhibitions, he has moved towards increasing generalization and abstractness. Saadoja's effortless elegance shows his artistry in the medium of painting.
According to the artist the exhibition follows on from "Arrival in a Paper Town", displayed in Hobusepea gallery last year. Driven by the same motif, it represents the continuation of pictorial explorations seeking to discover in an image something that wasn’t there prior to painting it. The starting point - a double exposure photographic image of architectural elements in a glowing sunset - serves as a kind of super image piled with both contradictions and harmonies. Its deconstruction by the means of painting leads to new notions and figures. A paper town is an open painting process. An enveloped sky, however, is something dead birds may be able to tell us about.
Tõnis Saadoja powerfully entered the local painting scene in early 2000s and since then he has held around twenty personal exhibitions that have influenced Estonian art of painting as well as intervened the art scene also in a broader way. His first significant personal exhibition Mainstream was held in Hobusepea gallery in 2006. His ceiling painting completed for Theatre NO99 in 2012 is considered to be of crucial importance; followed by expansive personal exhibitions Architectural Photography with a Little Boy in Kreenholm villa, Narva (2014), Etudes for Piano and Canvas in Tartu Art Museum (2015) and in Hobusepea gallery (2016). Tõnis Saadoja's artwork has been recognized with the Konrad Mägi Painting Award (2015), Kristjan Raud Art Award (2013) and three times with the annual award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2012, 2008, 2006). In 2011, Saadoja was one of the artists nominated for Köler Prize. Last year, the artist was selected to participate in the reputable Wiels Residency Programme in Brussels, Belgium.
Exhibitions in Hobusepea gallery are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Estonian Ministry of Culture.
Additional information:
Draakon Gallery
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