The paintings by Heidi Ukkonen explores themes of the mundane such as relationships, anguish and suffering . These depictions are represented through playfully deformed animations within the life of modern society. Her works are built using materials such as acrylic, oil paint and spray paint which adds and builds texture to her works.
Most of her inspiration derives from her life living in the vibrant city of Antwerp where she has worked since graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.
Her thought process begins towards the end of each day and through trial and error ,explosive ,colourful and humorous works are brought about. Drawing knowledge and inspiration of the works of Philip Guston, Henri Matisse and Hieronymus Bosch she aims to bring her audience into a world where the usual becomes unusual , where the ugly becomes beautiful and where pain becomes humour.
2015 Royal Academy of Fine Art Antwerp, Master of Fine Arts, painting
2014 Royal Academy of Fine Art Antwerp, Bachelor of Fine Arts, painting
2021 Gallery 46 Whitechapel, London, 'The First Swing Of The Bat'
Cuturi Gallery, Singapore, 'Transcendental'
Deep Space Gallery, Jersey City,'The Mothershipment'
2020 Sofie Van De Velde Gallery & PLUS ONE Gallery ART FEEDS NR 2
Paint Talk online Group Exhibition
Marian Cramer, Amsterdam Gallery Weekend
Four You Gallery, Dubai, 'Hide and Seek' SOLO
Marian Cramer, Amsterdam - TheDon'tGiveADamn's Curated By Sasha Bogojev
Stad Antwerpen, Billboardproject
@showhousejayjay #SHOWHOUSEARTCALL An Instagram Exhibition
Sofie Van De Velde Gallery & PLUS ONE Gallery ,Antwerp -The Wunderwall
252 cc – cultuurcentrum Ekeren Kasteel Hof De Bist, Hier hebben we veel werk ingestoken Curated By Idris Sevenans & Zena Van Den Block
2019 Kopvzw, Antwerp
Kunstpodium T ,Tilburg - "Cowboys and Aliens"
Antwerp Art Weekend, Showhouse Jay Jay -"My Biggest Small"
2018 ABC KLUBHUIS, Antwerp - Christmas Market
Gallery Golsa, Oslo -"Velvet Ropes"
Showhouse Jay Jay, Antwerp - "Screw your courage to the sticking place"
Winter Tuin Antwerp - "Copy Cat"
PROJECT COORDINATOR/CREATIVE DESIGN
2019 Kunstpodium T, Tilburg - "Cowboys and Aliens"
* Koen Taeslaar (NL), Kristen Dirkx (BE), Mila Xinyue (CHN), Ralf Kokke (NL),
Jóhanna Kristbjörg Sigurðardóttir (ICE), David Noro (DE), Heidi Ukkonen (Swe)
Overamstel Uitgevers, Antwerp - No Sweat* Benny Van Den Meulengracht-Vrancx (BE), Aurelie Salavert (FR), David Noro (DEN), Amber Andrews (BE)
& Felix de Clerq (BE)
2018 Showhouse Jay Jay , Antwerp - “Bob’s your uncle”
* ABC-Klubhuis (ICE), Coen Vunderink (NL), Diana Roig (NL/ARG), Hannelore Vandepoel (BE),
Helene Meyer (BE), Pieter Jennes (BE), Victoria Iranzo (SP), Victoria Parvanova (BG) & Ime Su Ozbilge (TK)
Showhouse Jay Jay , Antwerp - “The ball is in your court”
* Guy Vording (NL), Warre Mulder (BE), Denie Put (BE), Lysandre Begijn (NL), Annea Lyvv Dreisz (BE)
Showhouse Jay Jay , Antwerp - "Screw your courage to the sticking place"
* Jack Davey (UK), Maartje Folkeringa (NL), Ralf Kokke (NL), Robert Roest (NL), Emilia Ukkonen (FIN) & Heidi Ukkonen (SWE)
© 2020 by Heidi Ukkonen