J.H.T.Kantanen portfolio

Bronze castings and other artforms.

Jarno Herman Tapio Kantanen 1979-

Artist, craftsman, father, husband.

Working in Raasepori area Billnäs-Karjaa.
Self employed artist since 2000 working and living in the different fields of arts and crafts.

This is the portfolio of Jarno’s work based on ”classic artforms” such as sculpting, bronze casting, oilpainting etc.

Contact: Jarno Kantanen, Skogängintie 267, 10330 Billnäs Finland. p.+358401816266 jarno@tatuata.com –


In August 2021 i rented a historical railroad companys forge from Karjaa. I am currently building it as my ateljé and foundry, but i call it as Factory.

”I take my inspiration from the world which is invisible to human eyes. World that exist in the other dimensions, dreams, shamanism, nature and human subconscious. My intention is to create universal cross-border symbolic art. Something between the classic figurative art mixed with abstract and the folk art.”

J.H.T.Kantanen, 2021

Ilman impi, bronze 2021

Sculpting the ”Käärmeiden käräjäkivi”

Sculpting the ”Snail dream” 2021 at my ateljé, which i call as a ”Factory”

Awakening, bronze 2021

Käärmeiden käräjäkivi, bronze 2021

Snail dream, bronze 2021

Kuikka, gavia arctica , bronze 2020

The giant toad of Gama Sennin, bronze 2020

Itkevä tyttö, crying girl, bronze 2019

Torso, bronze 2020

Torso 2020

Mask, bronze 1999

Alkukantanen-the primitive, bronze 2019

Karelian ”vääräpää”, wood 2016

Kitsunes: Tamamo-no-mae (nine tailed fox), bronze 2017

Guardian kitsune, cement 2017

Bronze casting is a time consuming process, starting from the sculpting, usually done with clay. The silicone / plaster molds needs to be done over the finished sculpture, then the sculpture needs to be casted in wax. After this process its time to build the final mold with casting-and the gas channels. When the mold is ready, we burn it in the mold oven, sometimes even 24 hours to burn the wax figure away from the mold.

Then is time for the cast itself! The bronze melts in 1100c, but it needs to be heated up to 1200c. Then the empty space in the mold will be filled with the melted bronze.

after the casting and breaking the mold, the final work with the metal starts. It is a long process to cut the gas- and the casting channels away and start to work with the bronze figure. Final touches and working with different acids to make the final patina, takes usually even more time that the sculpting itself.

Garlics and poppies, casted in bronze

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Some of my paintings are listed here:

After years of painting with water based colours, i have been painting with oil colours, which technicue im studying whenever i can.

Borneo shaman mask 2018
Mummy head 2007, gouache on wood
Saara 2016, oil on canvas
Poika ja karhu, Korundin (Rovaniemen taidemuseon) seinässä. Acrylic on board 2018
Ilman impi, 2020, woodblock print

Bodhisattva love 2021, oil on canvas

Emma 2016-2019, oil on canvas

Metsäniitty/ Skogäng 2021, oil on board