Third-year BA Fine Art student, Einari Hyvönen (b. 1989) is a figurative painter, based in Finland. Hyvönen’s vivid paintings literally take the viewer inside iconic images, but by offering them an alternative point of view. Hyvönen gets his aesthetic inspiration from the digital gaming world mixed to traditional imagery.
I am interested in exploring the subject of immersion in the digital age by using the traditional medium of oil painting. In my latest work, I have used famous paintings/images and created them from an alternative first-person perspective. This immersive perspective is familiar from video games and especially interesting in today’s self-centered culture of social media – to which I also am part of.
In my work, research is essential. When creating the new point of view perspective from an iconic painting, I am eager to know the history behind it and to understand why the artist had made certain decisions. It is constant exploration and some happy mistakes.