Jukka Virkkunen

Location: London
Education: Royal College of Art (Painting)

Jukka Virkkunen (b. 1986) is a Finnish artist living in London. Jukka finished his MA in painting from the Royal College of Art in London in 2020. The material process is at the centre of Jukka’s artistic practice; with a consistent engagement with concepts related to primal human experiences, art history, and autobiography. Working in various mediums, including painting, drawing, video, performance, and installation. Jukka explores the physicality of materials in the processes of making

Submitted work

Title: Ribcage / In the Garden of Death 

Title: Cloth 07

About the work
As with many of my works these paintings appeared through multiple physical processes and through months of work. The paintings have an immediate physical presence and connection to the human body. There is a twist in your gut or a feeling of unease. The drop cloth becomes a skin that's been stretched over an exposed wooden skeletal structure. After the immediate physical experience, these paintings start to open up slowly. The viewing becomes meditative as you look travel inwards within yourself. The physicality of the works is transformed into ethereal. The paintings become icons for moments and memories.