JANI HÄNNINEN creates crisp and delicious art. His paintings and drawings are insightful representations of pain, lunacy, social unsuccessfulness, intoxication, and other distressing feelings and moods. The energy of his works, their engaging characters and shapes, influenced by the traditions of street art, art history and popular culture, all contribute to a cohesive experience characterised by a sense of longing, playful levity, and furious intensity. The individual letters or short combinations of letters in the works function both as linguistic cues and as autonomous visual and linguistic forms that are important to the artist.
Jani Hänninen (b. 1974, Helsinki) has held several solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions, e.g. at Gallery 21 in Malmö, Turku Art Museum, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art in Bremen, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Bourouina Gallery in Berlin, and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. His work is included in collections such as Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Malmö Art Museum, EMMA Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Sara Hildén Art Museum and Tampere Art Museum. 2010 Hänninen won the William Thuring Grand Prize, and in 2014 he was shortlisted for the Carnegie Art Award.