Jaakko Mattila (b. 1976)
Jaakko Mattila plays with the dichotomies that result from merging the personal with the scientific, the mechanical with the handmade. Water color has notoriously ephemeral qualities. Always respectfully handled by artists wanting to exploit its ability to behave in particular ways, it is, quite simply, a medium that will achieve much for an artist that knows how to leave it to its own devices and claim the 'happy accidents'. Jaakko Mattila refuses to settle for that. He experiments with semi-mechanical processes and repetitive patterns and lines, to inject more rigour and control into the process of painting with this medium. By narrowing down opportunities for the paint to behave in a 'freelance' manner, the resulting work fidgets intriguingly between an aesthetic defined by process and one defined by chance. (Gooden Gallery).
Jaakko Mattila lives and works in his hometown Oulu and Helsinki. He graduated from the Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College in 2001 with honors. Mattila works with watercolor, oils and acrylics. He has exhibited widely both in Finland (Sara Hilden, Oulu Art Museum, Korjaamo and Ama galleries) and abroad (England, France, Germany, Japan). Mattila has also organized several community projects. His works are in the collections of EMMA, Sara Hilden and Aine Art Museum .