Henni Alftan

Henni Alftan Artworks Afternoon nap

Afternoon nap, 2016
oil on canvas
130 × 195 cm (51.1 × 76.7 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Henni Alftan Artworks Kitchen

Kitchen, 2016
oil on canvas
65 × 81 cm (25.5 × 31.8 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Henni Alftan Artworks Sharp

Sharp, 2016
oil on canvas
55 × 46 cm (21.6 × 18.1 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Henni Alftan Artworks Guy I

Guy I, 2016
oil on canvas
46 × 38 cm (18.1 × 14.9 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Henni Alftan Artworks Guy II

Guy II, 2016
oil on canvas
55 × 46 cm (21.6 × 18.1 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Henni Alftan Artworks Noon

Noon, 2016
oil on canvas
146 × 114 cm (57.4 × 44.8 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Henni Alftan Artworks Visitor

Visitor, 2016
oil on canvas
195 × 130 cm (76.7 × 51.1 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Henni Alftan Artworks The Reader I

The Reader I, 2016
oil on canvas
92 × 73 cm (36.2 × 28.7 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Henni Alftan Artworks Rabbit

Rabbit, 2016
oil on canvas
60 × 73 cm (23.6 × 28.7 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Henni Alftan Artworks The Reader II

The Reader II, 2016
oil on canvas
60 × 73 cm (23.6 × 28.7 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Henni Alftan Artworks Parking Lot

Parking Lot, 2016
oil on canvas
114 × 146 cm (44.8 × 57.5 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Henni Alftan Artworks Contact II

Contact II, 2016
oil on canvas
114 × 195 cm (44.8 × 76.7 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Henni Alftan Artworks Still Water

Still Water, 2016
oil on canvas
130 × 195 cm (51.5 × 76.7 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Henni alftan artworks Untitled

Untitled, 2016
oil on canvas
55 × 46 cm (21.6 × 18.1 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Henni Alftan artworks Taxi

Taxi, 2016
oil on canvas
54 × 73 cm (21.2 × 28.7 in)
Henni Alftan
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Corner Shop, 2013
oil on canvas
89 × 116 cm (35 × 45.6 in)
Henni Alftan Paris, France
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Laying Down, Looking Up, 2013
oil on canvas
89 × 116 cm (35× 45.6 in)
Henni Alftan Paris, France
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Holiday, 2016
oil on canvas
195 × 130 cm (76.7 × 51.1 in)
Henni Alftan Paris, France
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Sold

Talk Show, 2015
oil on canvas
146 × 114 cm (57.4 × 44.8 in)
Henni Alftan   Paris, France
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Sold

Lazy, 2016
oil on canvas
114 × 162 cm (44.8 × 63.7 in)
Henni Alftan   Paris, France
Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC

Born in 1979, Helsinki, Finland
Lives and works in France since 1998

Education

2001-2004
– Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, DNSAP (MFA)

2001
– Exchange student at The Edinburgh College of Art

1998-2001
– Ecole Pilote Internationale d′Art et de Recherche de la Villa Arson, DNAP (BFA)

Solo & Duo Exhibitions

2017
– Shadows in the Mirror, Z Gallery Arts, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2016
– The Missing Picture, Galleria Sculptor, Helsinki

2016
– Entrevu, Iconoscope, Montpellier, France

2015
– Solo Show, Art Paris Art Fair, stand Galerie Claire Gastaud, Grand Palais, Paris
– Enlighten, Forum Box Monttu, Helsinki, Finland

2014
– Henni Alftan, Galerie Claire Gastaud, Clermont-Ferrand

2013
– Henni Alftan, Galerie Anhava Studio, Helsinki, Finland

2012
– Série noire, Galleria Huuto, Helsinki, Finland

2011
– Two Shadows, Gallery Artists’Studio, Helsinki, Finland

2007
– Henni Alftan & Susanna Majuri, Histoires singulières, Galerie de la Ferronerie, Paris

2006
– L’art de s’echapper, Pollen/Monflanquin (catalogue) France
– Henni Alftan, Les Bains Douches, DAC Antibes, France

Group Exhibitions

2016
– J’ai des doutes,est-ce que vous en avez? , curator Julie Crenn, Galerie Claire Gastaud, Clarmont-Fer
rand, France

2016
– Virus, Lapinlahti gallery, Helsinki, Finland
– Frenzy of collecting, works from the Veksi Salmi collection, Lappeenranta Art Museum, Lappeenranta, Finland

2015
– Open Studios at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, U.S.A.
– Cinematic Senses, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki Finland
– Collection 6, Galerie Claire Gastaud, Clermont Ferrand, France
– Shift in the Shadows, new acquisitions to collections, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

2014
– Voyageurs, Révélations Emerige, (nominees for the Emerige art award), villa Emerige, Paris
– Collection 5, Galerie Claire Gastaud, Clermont-Ferrand, France
– Art Paris, Grand Palais, with Galerie Claire Gastaud, Paris
– Intohimona taide, works from the Vexi Salmi collection, Lahti Museum of Art, Lahti, Finland

2013
– Slick Art fair, Paris, with Galerie Claire Gastaud
– Effect, curator Petri Eskelinen, Purnu Art Center, Orivesi, Finland
– Art Paris, Grand Palais, stand A12, Backslash Gallery, Paris
– Un rembrandt comme planche à repasser, curating and participation, le 6b, Saint-Denis
– Valon houkutus, Lahti Museum of Art, Lahti, Finland

2012
– Moite, one-night-show, le 6b, Saint-Denis
– Present ruins, curators Harri Laakso, Anni Venäläinen & Anna Jensen, Fotographic Center
– Nykyaika, TR1 Kunsthalle, Tampere, Finland
– Family & Friends, Backslash Gallery, Paris
– Henni Alftan, Elina Merenmies & Anna Tuori, Galerie Anhava Projectroom, Helsinki, Finland

2011
– Le royaume et l’exil, Backslash Gallery, curated by Gaël Charbau, Paris
– Jeune Création Européenne, Museu Municipal Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Amarante, Portugal
– Jeune Création Européenne, Tecla Sala Art Center, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
– Jeune Création Européenne, Villa Croce & Sala Dogana, Genova, Italy

2010
– Jeune Création Européenne, Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg, Austria
– Jeune Création Européenne, Pecs Art Exhibition Hall, Hungary
– Jeune Création Européenn, Bratislava City Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
– Jeune Création Européenne, Klapeida Exhibition Hall, Lithuania

2009
– Biennale Itinérant de la Jeune Création Européenne, french section, Montrouge (catalogue)
– MOHLL’148/homestudioshow, curators Florentine & Alex Lamarche-Ovize, La Maladrerie, Auberviliers
– Hauts en couleurs, curator Pia Setälä, Galerie de la Ferronnerie, Paris
– 54e Salon d’art contemporain de Montrouge, curator Stéphane Corréard, Montrouge (catalogue)

2008
– L’oeil de Poisson, Galerie de la Ferronnerie, Paris

2007
– A la surface de l’eau, Parcours Contemporain, Fontenay-le-Comte

2005
– L′oeil du touriste, Paris for ever, curator Jeanne Truong, Galerie Alain Le Gaillard, Paris (catalogue)
– L′oeil du touriste, La Tour Eiffel n′a jamais été aussi belle, curator Jeanne Truong
– Galerie Frédéric Giroux, Paris (catalogue)
– Première Vue, curator Michel Nuridsany, Galerie Passage de Retz, (catalogue)

2004
– L′instant d’avant 1, Espace Console, Paris
– L′instant d’avant 2, Galerie Pitch, Paris
– Valse, Musée Zadkine, Paris

2001
– 432 km, le Hall, Lyon

Works in Collections

– Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
– Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
– Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art – Swanljung collection, Vaasa, Finland
– Hämeenlinna Museum of Art- Vexi Salmi collection, Hämeenlinna, Finland
– Famille Durand-Ruel, France
– Heino art foundation Finland
– Finnish Art Society, Finland
– Laurent Dumas – Emerige, France

Grants and Prizes

– Frame Visual Art Finland
– Public Display Grant + project grant, Arts Promotion Center of Finland, Ministry of Culture, Finland
– Swedish Cultural Foudation in Finland, Svenska Kulturfonden
– Young Artist Grant, Finnish Art Society
– Finnish Fund for Culture, Suomen Kulttuurirahasto
– Alfred Kordelin foundation, Finland
– Kone foundation, Finland
– Oskar Öflund Foundation, Finland
– Pollen Association des Artistes en Résidence à Moflanquin, France
– prize, Prix Diamond, Ensb-a, France
– CNASEA, Délégation régionale Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France
– CNAP- aide à la première exposition
– Nominated for the prize Révélations Emerige

Residencies

2015
– ISCP New York, 6 months residency sponsored by Alfred Kordelin foundation

2011
– Lietsalo-project studio of Finnish Artists’ Studio Foundation, Helsinki, Finland

2010
– Salzburg Kunstverein, Künstlerhaus, Austria

2009
– Kone foundation, at Saari manor, Finland

2006
– Pollen Association des Artistes en Résidence à Moflanquin, with solo exhibition and publication

Other

2008
– Works in Cecilia Becanovic’s conference/performance at La Vitrine, Paris

2004
– Yellow Pages, group project lead by John Armleder and Team 404

Memberships

– Finnish Painters Union / Taidemaalariliitto

SHADOWS IN THE MIRROR | HENNI ALFTAN

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On View: Apr. 6th – May. 8th 2017
Artist Reception: Thursday Apr. 6th 2017, 6PM – 8PM

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Kitchen, 2016, oil on canvas
25.5 × 31.8 in

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Z Gallery Arts presents Henni Alftan’s
First North American Solo Exhibition:
Shadows in the Mirror
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VANCOUVER, BC – Z Gallery Arts presents Finland-born artist Henni Alftan’s first North American solo exhibition, Shadows in the Mirror, on display from April 6 – May 8, 2017. This exclusive collection of 15 original, oil-on-canvas works explores the mimetic relation of paint as material and the image. Through striking, figurative pictures composed with careful framing, ellipsis, light and shading, Alftan plays with the observer’s gaze, inciting the viewer to take a deeper look at everyday objects and scenes that are not what they seem.

“I have had my eye on Henni Alftan for some time, having seen her works presented with critical acclaim in Helsinki, Paris, and New York,” says Zohra Bonnis, curator & owner, Z Gallery Arts. “Capturing what initially appear to be mundane settings – shadows of a chain link fence, light peeking through foliage, the reflection in a rearview mirror – she finds something rich and nuanced in every scene in which to engage the viewer. With her exquisite skill and unique perspective, I am thrilled and honoured to represent Alftan, and look forward to introducing many more artists of her caliber from around the world to Vancouverites.”
Born in Helsinki, Finland in 1979, Alftan studied at École Nationale Su Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, and the Edinburgh College of Art. In 1998, she moved to Paris, and was first featured in a group exhibition in Lyon in 2001. Since that time, Alftan’s immense body of works have been displayed in more than 20 exhibitions throughout Europe, including 10 solo presentations within her home country of Finland.
Through calculated brushstrokes, Alftan evokes the semblance of actual objects with subtle deviations from reality. As a result, the object inversely begins to refer to the painting itself as an object. Her mastery over this style is credited to her intricate knowledge of the rules and codes of image making.
In 2016, Alftan’s paintings appeared alongside works by Henri Cueco, Gaël Davrinche, and Nils-Udo in J’ai des doutes. Est-ce que vous en avez?, an exhibition in Paris focused on notions of doubt and perception. The previous year, Alftan enjoyed a six-month residency at New York’s prestigious International Studio & Curatorial Program.
Alftan’s work can be found in collections at Finland’s Amos Anderson Art Museum, Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, and The Helsinki Art Museum, among others.
Drawing inspiration from painting’s history and progression, Alftan spends much of her time reflecting on iconic works in galleries and museums in Paris. She cites her contemporary influences as figurative painters Luc Tuymans and Alex Katz, as well as Vancouver’s own photographer Jeff Wall.

 

Artist Statement – Shadows in the Mirror, 2017:

About Z Gallery Arts

Located in Vancouver, Z Gallery Arts is dedicated to fostering the work of emerging and internationally established artists. Founded by curator and owner Zohra Bonnis in 2016, the gallery aims to promote and support intellectual and visual dialogue with artists from around the world while embracing diversity across the industry.

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