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Holy (2017)

Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari, Jätkä 2, Helsinki, Finland

Saint Clare of Assisi.
Your name is a flower
eaten by a beautiful giraffe.
(Gunzi H., 2017)

“I work with oil paints. My theme is spiritual mysticism which I express through abstract and symbolic forms. I am inspired by the prophets and saints’ revelations, but the intention is not to illustrate their experiences. Instead, I use contemplation to reach my own inner visions. I combine universal structures and symbols when reflecting on the relationship between the visible and invisible world. It is about energies that cannot be seen with the naked eye but, nevertheless, they are part of our reality.

The exhibition also features some poems inspired by the poetry of the mystical branch of Islam, Sufism.

While working, I have studied different mystical traditions. I have familiarized myself with Christian saints such as Hildegard of Bingen and Saint Clare of Assisi, read writings by Simone Weil and Emmanuel Swedenborg and immersed myself in the visual world of medieval church art.”

Gunzi Holmström will be at Galleria Huuto on Sunday 10 December and Saturday 16 December. She lives and works in Helsinki and over the years she has showcased her works in about twenty countries. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Valand Academy in Gothenburg in 2006.

THANK YOU: Arts Promotion Centre Finland and the Eugène, Elisabeth and Birgit Nygrén Foundation

Ezekiel saw that wheel (2017)

Ezekiel saw that wheel
Way up in the middle of the air
Ezekiel saw that wheel whirling
Way up in the middle of the air
Now the little wheel runs by faith
And the big wheel runs by the grace of God
And a wheel in a wheel whirling
Way up in the middle of the air (Negro Spiritual, Listen)

Visual artist Gunzi Holmstrom works with watercolors. Her theme is the spiritual mystery that she expresses through abstract and symbolic forms. She is inspired by the visions of prophets and saints, but her intention is not to directly illustrate their experiences. Instead, the artist uses meditation and other spiritual exercises to achieve her own inner visions. Gunzi Holmstrom combines universal structures and symbols to ponder upon the relationship between the visible and invisible world. It's about the energy we can not see with the naked eye but nevertheless is a part of our reality. Consider feelings, the intention of the thought, or dreams....

While working on the exhibition, the artist has studied traditions in Christianity, Buddhism and Sufism. In the Bible, she has particularly paid attention to Ezekiel's fascinating visions. She has studied Christian saints such as Hildegard of Bingen and read Emmanuel Swedenborgs Arcana Caelestia, or "Heavenly Secrets".

MFA Gun Holmström is a Finnish artist living in Helsinki. After working for many years with video, sound and digital photo she changed her artistic practice to painting. She has shown her works internationally in about twenty countries.

(Gallery 54, Gothenburg; Galerie Pleku, Berlin)

Hello Heaven (2015)

"Gunzi Holmström’s delicate watercolor paintings take the artist to a new level. The abstract thoughts suddenly began to appear on paper as colors and shapes that she does not try to explain. The exhibition includes Holmström’s latest works that she began to create during her artist-in-residence period in Paris during the spring of 2015 and continued working with since then.

The paintings as well as the installation included in the exhibition take the audience through abstraction to a timeless dimension where things always appear new and reformed, as if seen through the eyes of a child. When looking at Holmström’s works, one can sense that they have been inspired by the image worlds of different spiritual movements as they bring together universal structures as well as symbols through which she explores light and a visible and invisible world.

The exhibition offers the audience a reminder that at its best art is contemplation and it allows us to build a bridge towards spirituality. Visual artist Soili Mustapää"

(Huuto Gallery, Helsinki)

Gallery Huuto 2015

Gallery Huuto 2015
View from "Hello Heaven" att the Huuto Gallery in in Helsinki 2015.


The feeling of clouds (2014)

 “My grandfather was a lighthouse keeper who said that everything we know about ourselves could be written on the back of a matchbox. As someone seeking the truth about people, I have developed the need to engage in a deep exploration of the related issues and the keys to spiritual insight. I am inspired by religious concepts and medieval pictorial allegories. My aim is to surprise myself by painting things I am not quite familiar with. This is about surrendering oneself to a kind of artistic pilgrimage.” Gunzi Holmström

(Tobaksmagasinet, Pietarsaari; Cultural Centre Vuotalo, Helsinki)

© Gunzi Holmström
contact: gunholmstrom /at/ gmail.com