Kati Immonen is reinventing watercolour painting as a medium for contemporary art. Immonen recognizes the cultural baggage carried by her medium, the watercolour, as being something light, effortless and superficial, and turns this to her own benefit. She has a powerful way of expressing ideas and stories using highly charged subject matter, such as war and ecological problems. In her more recent work the fairy-tale-like imagery holds a dark humour and irony in hidden pictorial references or handwritten texts.
Kati Immonen (b. 1971, Jyväskylä) graduated from the Department of Painting at Turku School of Fine Arts in 1997. She has exhibited widely in Finland and abroad, lately in Rovaniemi Art Museum; Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art and Galleri Joella in Turku; Artcenter Mältinranta in Tampere; Saarijärvi museum and Galerie Christian Roellin in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Her works are represented in prominent Finnish public collections, and in the Nordic Watercolour Museum in Sweden. She has also worked on several public artworks in her home town of Turku. The upcoming summer Immonen’s solo exhibition is presented in Café Vivan’s gallery space in connection to Amos Anderson’s former summer residence Söderlångvik.