Keran Hallit has become Finland’s largest urban art gallery hall!
The largest mural concentration in Finland has been created in the courtyard of the halls during the summer of 2020 and 2021. The approximately 8-meter-high walls are adorned with giant murals by several different artists.
In the spring of 2021, art was also created indoors, when over 40 artists created their pieces at the Concreate Urban Art Festival in three different spaces: the Sports Hall, Lähettämö and Konttori. The last two spaces have been demolished in December 2021.
The works at the courtyard’s mural area and in the sports hall can be viewed still every day from 05:30 to 23:30. As you walk through the gate next to the main parking area, turn left to access the courtyards. The sports hall, on the other hand, can be found when you step through the main door next to the parking area.
DEMOLISHED ART WORKS
Timo Tyynismaa is an architect and artist from Oulu, and he brings a fresh breeze of Finnish “hickness” and a direct attitude towards artwork. Tyynismaa has painted in many locations, different scales. At the moment, Tyynismaa feels that organic themes are the most natural subjects for him.Instagram: @tyynismaa“The topic of the painting came from a […]
Taneli Stenberg is a visual artist from Helsinki. He works mainly in the mediums of oil paint and large-scale mural. Stenberg’s style could be described as contemporary magical realism, with elements of graffiti and street art. His pieces are timeless, always with philosophical meanings in the background.“The idea for the piece came to my mind […]
Saara Mahbouba is an artist living in Helsinki. Her work revolves around taking a flat two-dimensional space and breaking it down into a complex, rabbit hole of fragmented things, creatures, and designs. Her visual art is a construction of semi-abstracted, fragmented, and hyper-detailed paintings and drawings.“This wall painting is a continuation of my visual artmaking […]
Plan B creates political art, that often criticise societal issues and consumerism. Plan B’s artworks have taken a stand on for example Brexit and Juha Sipilä’s governmental issues. The artworks’ sizes vary, and one might stumble across a small piece on traffic signs or electrical boxes.Instagram:@planbstreetart
Pallo and Osek are graffiti artists who have painted together before. Their work is graffiti, with a lot of action, colors, and lines. “Fiddle room.” We wanted to fill the space as effectively as possible, and we did it the best way we know, which is fiddling. In the middle of the mess, we dug out […]
Nade is a self-taught graffiti artist and started painting as a teenager in the ‘90s. Nade’s style combines sharp, clean, and perhaps aggressive shapes with a softer new school and European nuances. Nade has kept some of the elements from the ‘90s, and you can find some flavor of retro and classical graffiti in Nades […]
Kuutti Udelius is a multimedia artist from Helsinki, and they combine different ways to make art. Their style is influenced by different historical eras, aesthetics of the early ‘00s, and horror movies. In their art, Udelius combines these elements with one another. Instagram: @snoorau
Kiss KISS is a long-line graffiti artist with 30 years of experience and is loyal to the graffiti art form. KISS won the Finnish graffiti championship in 2016. “My piece represents the brutal graffiti of the 90s’. You can find New York-style and Scandinavian blocking in it. What graffiti is to me is visible in […]
Kati Leskinen is an artist and a student of art education from Vantaa, and for the past four years, Leskinen has exhibited all over Finland. One can find elements of street art, graphic novels, and primary art in her work, like the Inca’s early art. Along with ink painting, Leskinen has found plants and their […]
Juulia Kääriä Juulia Kääriä is an artist from Helsinki, and she specializes in animation. In past years she has dived in immersive technology to see what expressive artistic tools it can provide. Her virtual reality piece, “Man under Bridge,” was the first and only Finnish VR-piece chosen to the La Biennale di Venezia. Kääriä has […]
Juliana Hyrri is a Helsinki-based painter, illustrator, and cartoonist. Her first comic book received a Critics’ Spurs award in 2020. She’s inspired by moments, and her art is a kind of journey of exploration. Hyrri’s approach to art is strongly narrative, visual, and emotionally charged.“My work is called “Parallel”, as it is a kind of […]
Johanna Alanko Johanna Alanko is a painter and ceramic artist working between Finland and Poland. She focuses on more abstract expression in her paintings, and she uses various materials and techniques in her pieces. “My Karelian pies are a renewed portrayal of traditional Karelian pies. Karelian pies came to Finland alongside Karelian migrants. As some may […]
Jesse Pasanen is an artist and a graphic designer, and a founding member of G-Rex and Street Art Vantaa. Pasanen has painted a lot of street art in Finland and abroad. In the capital area, you can find his work in the street art district of Pasila, the train station of Louhela, and countless other […]
Hilkka Helmi is a multi-talented artist whose colorful mixed media pieces reflect her equally colorful sense of humor. Her editorialized pop-art pieces have already been admired in roughly 20 exhibits.“When diving to another dimension, you can find that the patriarchy is destroyed, and the party can start. Colorful fun, psychedelic, and pop art spirited happenings. […]
Hende has been a graffiti artist since the ‘80s. Comic books inspired him to paint graffitis, and Hende started practicing in his father’s garage on plywood. In his teens, Hende moved from the garage to underpass bridges and train depots. He has painted at Malminkartano train station, Martinlaakso, Myyrmäki, etc.“Lately, the rough violence and bullying […]
Hanna Marno is a sculptor originally from Helsinki. She presents her art often site-specifically in various environments, communities, and galleries. Marno processes the feeling of being an outsider through different slimes and mediums that bind people together in her pieces. Besides her exhibitions, Marno participates in Gallery Oksasenkatu 11’s activity as an artist member. ” “Floaters” […]
Graffitiprofessors is an original, structure-breaking, unprejudiced, playful, and dynamic crew that boldly combines and utilizes different techniques. They have been painting since -96. They have participated in Finnish literal masterpieces of graffiti, and they have exhibited in various shows, like Avantgarde Artists Of Graffitis. The artwork pretty much got its form on location, space, and structure […]
Ghost is a graffiti artist (since -96) from Espoo. Ghost has painted graffiti at Malminkartano train station, Visma’s office, underpass bridges around Finland, etc.“In the beginning of this project, I came to visit the premises and became fascinated by this particular wall that has four sides and can be walked around. At first, I did […]
Charles Liquor and Punish have been painting graffitis since the ‘90s. They have painted thousands of pieces in Finland and abroad. Often it is possible to find colorful wildstyle graffiti and comic characters in their pieces.“We came to see the space in advance, at which moment the artwork started getting shape. The big skylights and […]
American Andrew Colbert is a visual artist living in Helsinki. His latest abstract works are focused on line, repetition, and systems that accumulate to patterns. Colbert’s abstract pieces’ roots are in ‘60s Op art and the Pattern and Decoration movement of the ’70s and ‘80s, focusing primarily on visual experience and formalism. The Moiré effect […]
Timo Ahjotuli is a contemporary artist, and he works on sculptures and, his own concept, mural sculptures. Ahjotuli has a background in woodwork and manufacturing instruments and has been a very hands-on kind of person from early on. The pieces of Ahjotuli explore the deeper existential yearnings that people might experience in their everyday lives. […]
Laura Pehkonen Laura Pehkonen is a visual and ceramic artist from Helsinki. Stylewise Pehkonen is an abstract and experimental painter who combines various techniques in her work, like traditional brushwork, paper collages and spray painting. Pehkonen has made public ceramic artwork, for example, in Pasila’s street art district, and at the Jakomäen Sydän building. “ […]