Alvar Gullichsen

Alvar Gullichsen
Alvar Gullichsen

Alvar Gullichsen (b. 1961) studied at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts 1984-88, and debuted in 1989 at Galleria Krista Mikkola, Helsinki. Throughout the 1990’s Gullichsen became known for his cartoon-inspired oil paintings, the fictional corporation Bonk Business Inc. and his fiberglass sculptures, particularly the large public sculpture Posankka in Turku, one of his best known pieces. Between 1999 and 2002 he was member of the Helsinki-based artist collective ROR-Revolutions on Request.

In 2002 Gullichsen travelled to Benin, West Africa as artist-in-residence at the Finnish culture center Villa Karo. The journey to Africa had a profound impact on his artistic process, which gradually evolved towards abstract geometric painting.

Alongside his work as visual artist Gullichsen is active as musician and club promotor.

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Throbster

Alvar Gullichsen: Throbster (photo by Magnus Scharmanoff)
Alvar Gullichsen: Throbster (photo by Magnus Scharmanoff)

1998
Fibreglass, polyurethane
190 x 180 x 110 cm, edition 1/5
Plaster original by Matti Varik
Manufacture: Bjarne Ölander / Fibresin Oy

The Throbster is part of a series of fiberglass sculptures, first exhibited at the Wäinö Aaltonen museum in Turku in 1988. The sculptures are 3D versions of Alvar Gullichsen’s paintings, inspired by a visit to Warner Brothers shop in London, where Gullichsen saw large fiberglass sculptures of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and other characters.

The Throbster represents Gullichsen’s style of the 90’s, a playful, grotesque cartoon surrealism with sexual overtones.