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Young Artist Toni R. Toivonen Wins The Art of Basware 2014
|By Business Wire
|April 11, 2014 05:00 AM EDT
R. Toivonen has won the global The
Art of Basware competition that is now in its 15th
anniversary year. Mr. Toivonen, 26, took home a prize of €5,000 for his
winning entry ”Jonkin on hajottava – something must break”.
Almost 200 individual artists with a total of 458 entries took part in
the annual art competition, with this year’s theme being “Growth”. For
the first time this year, entries were open to international artists to
mark the 15th anniversary of the competition.
Along with the winning entry, a number of the other artwork entered for
the competition will be on display in an exhibition at the Helsinki
Music Centre from April 9 to May 1, 2014.
The winner, Mr. Toivonen, currently lives in Siuntio, Finland and is
studying for his Master’s Degree at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in
Helsinki. He has previously also studied at the Turku Arts Academy. Mr.
Toivonen has a classical background, but he has adapted his style in
“I am very ambitious and I have set my goals high. This piece was begun
in 2013, but I wasn’t satisfied with it at the time. This year, I began
to modify and re-work some of my older pieces, and this was one of them.
Through destruction, it was kind of reborn and began to talk to me. Life
and everything is often dualistic, and it can be seen in this piece as
well,” Toni R. Toivonen said about his work.
Paula Holopainen, an expert from the Finnish Painters’ Union, once again
chaired the judging panel. In addition, the jury included Raija
Heikkilä (Finnish Painters’ Union), Marjo Saarela (AD at Avotakka
magazine), photographer Sami
Kulju, Basware’s Chief Marketing Officer Steve
Muddiman and Senior Communications Manager Sirje Ahvenlampi.
“Growth happens when the old is destroyed and the new emerges from the
ashes. Toni R. Toivonen’s ‘something must break’ is proof of
understanding this truth. He modified his old painting using a collage
technique and transformed into new artwork by attaching and removing
paper on metal,” Mrs. Holopainen described the winning entry.
”The Art of Basware emerged from the desire to support and promote the
career and development of young artists. We believe that there is a
strong connection between innovation, determination, creativity, and
commerce,” said Steve Muddiman, Chief Marketing Officer at Basware.
‘Something must break’ will be added to Basware’s art collection, which
now consists of as many as 85 artworks, including last year’s winner
‘Scarecrows’ by Viljami Heinonen.
This year, Basware will also cooperate with ArtHelsinki at the Habitare
exhibition in September, where The Art of Basware jubilee exhibition
will be displayed later this year. The exhibition will be available
online and also on Pinterest.
Basware is the global leader in providing purchase-to-pay and
e-invoicing solutions in the world of commerce. We empower companies to
unlock value across their financial operations by simplifying and
streamlining key financial processes. Our Basware Commerce Network, the
largest open business network in the world, connects 1 million companies
across 100 countries and enables easy collaboration between buyers and
suppliers of all sizes. Through this network, leading companies around
the world achieve new levels of spend control, efficiency and closer
relations with their suppliers. With Basware, businesses can introduce
completely new ways of buying and selling to achieve significant cost
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