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 firstname.lastname@example.org –
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.”
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
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
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.
Bodhisattva love 2021, oil on canvas
Emma 2016-2019, oil on canvas
Metsäniitty/ Skogäng 2021, oil on board