August 20, 2013

by Ilona Niemi

The SMART Gallery invites you and your guest to a private view of Poison on Saturday 31 August 6pm – 8pm

Exhibition runs from:
1 September – 13 October 2013

Poison, an imaginary garden, continues Ilona Niemi’s interest in opposites such as beauty and cruelty, and life and death. On a personal level, children’s faces peeping through flowers hark back to the artist’s current obsession with gardening, as well as the tragic disappearance of her childhood friend almost thirty years ago. Universally, flowers embody both beauty and death, playing the cycle of life in fast motion. As though attempting to arrest time, Niemi preserves her portraits under resin, thus commenting on human interference into the cycle of life, and questioning artists’, alchemists’ and scientists’ quest for eternity.

Ilona Niemi is an artist from Finland. Reminiscent of childhood play but with a grown up, psychological twist, her works hide the sinister under a sugary coating. Niemi’s works have been exhibited widely, such as in the BP Portrait Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. She has had solo exhibitions in the USA, Scotland, and Finland, and won awards such as the Royal Scottish Academy Painting Prize.

We hope you will be able to join us at The SMART Gallery for this thought provoking exhibition…

Best wishes,
the SMART team

gallery open: sat / sun 12-4pm
to arrange a viewing out of hours please contact or phone 01224 561977

Download Exhibition Poster


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