Photo Paul Osipow: 1996 / Galerie Anhava (c) Jussi Tiainen
Paul Osipow (b. 1939) is an undisputed and enigmatic classic of Finnish art.
Paul Osipow (b. 1939) is an undisputed and enigmatic classic of Finnish art. When looking at his output over the years, it at first glance seems devoid of continuity, logic and plot. The motifs and styles of the works range from pop art to constructivism, from soft colourism to muscular representation, and sometimes a combination of the two.
Widely read and travelled, Osipow can be described as a civilised rebel. He draws influences and ideas from books, travel, art and everyday life without restraint and treats them with complete freedom. Regardless of their differences, all of Paul Osipow's works share certain characteristics: precise focus, vigour, risk taking and risk management. That is why, despite their apparent differences, they are always recognisably Osipow's works.
This retrospective solo exhibition features works from the 1970s to the 2020s. The works on paper in the gallery's Underground space space were created in Grassina, Italy, where Osipow worked during the winter of 2020–2021.