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Image 1 / 2   'Shore', 2014, acrylic on canvas, 120x100 cm
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At first glance, Jouni Toni’s paintings appear abstract, however figurative elements can certainly be discerned. The overlapping forms suggest three dimensions, e.g. by transforming semi-circles into sails. That moment of recognition pulls viewers into an imaginary world, but not to the extent of making them forget the flat canvas. The painting has to invoke the feeling that something is left unrevealed.

According to Toni our everyday world is mysterious. Take a wild animal for example. You can know its name, even its biological traits, but its true nature remains unknown. This ‘silent void’ Toni observes in the real world is his source of inspiration for creating his own versions of reality.

Toni prefers uncomplicated forms; he wants the image to be read at a glance. Before starting his residency he mostly employed minimalist forms in black and white. Gradually he has become more interested in color though, and by now it has become a full-fledged means of expression.
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