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Kennet Lekko

Painting • Born in Tallinn, Estonia • Studied at UdK Berlin
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Ladies and gentlemen. Introducing your new prince.

Kennet Lekko is an up-and-coming young artist from Tallinn, Estonia finishing his master’s degree at UDK Berlin in the class of professor Thomas Zipp. While still in his mid-twenties, he has already carried out a considerable amount of exhibitions at significant venues in both Berlin and Tallinn.
Lekko’s paintings are witty. They feature a wide spectrum of motifs ranging from ancient mythology and pornography to childhood icons of the...

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Kennet Lekko is an up-and-coming young artist from Tallinn, Estonia finishing his master’s degree at UDK Berlin in the class of professor Thomas Zipp. While still in his mid-twenties, he has already carried out a considerable amount of exhibitions at significant venues in both Berlin and Tallinn.
Lekko’s paintings are witty. They feature a wide spectrum of motifs ranging from ancient mythology and pornography to childhood icons of the 1990s. The artist deliberately chooses to combine those unlikely images in ways that challenge our expectations of taste in a classical sense. With an approach of youthful cheekiness he uses the method of painted collage to blur the boundaries between high and low culture. His distinctive visual language marked by neon colors, playfulness and triviality is clearly referring to the colorful pop art of the 1960s as well as the vast imagery of the internet with its GIFs and memes. Correspondingly musical influences in the form of 1990s hip hop and the far more recent vaporwave movement are an inspiration for sampling and mixing tackiness with tastefulness and the timeworn with the contemporary.
His works of art can be understood as painterly medleys of classical (art) history and juvenile icons of today’s online world. Using the traditional genre of painting, he takes those images from an electronic screen and brings them back to an analogue world. Accordingly, the imagery by itself is not the point of departure for the painting process. The artist transposes the web pictures onto exotic fabrics from Tallinn markets stretched on wooden panels. On those fabrics objects of everyday life combined with classical figures are juxtaposed with catchy phrases in internet typos inspired by the designs of amateur homepages or shops. This creates moments of irritation for a beholder looking for sensitive brushwork and poetic approaches in painting.
Lekko’s works seem almost too fabricated to be considered as paintings, yet they are handmade down to the last detail. This gives rise to the question of the significance of personhood and craftsmanship in an increasingly digitalized society. Lekko’s paintings, while superficial at first glance, refer beyond questions of art and tackle processes of self-discovery, -identity and the ostensible self-centeredness of a “Me Me Me Me”generation, which is also the title of one of his 2016 series.
When being asked if he is a pop artist (a question one is bound to answer with his visual style) he replies that he will be once his works become popular.
All this makes him an artist everyone should keep their eyes on in the coming years.

Kim Mildebrath, Berlinische Galerie



For more information and inquiries about this artist, please contact Artitious by emailing to artist@artitious.com

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Contact Buzz 7 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
KENNET LEKKO

Contact Buzz 7

2017
750,00 € (+ VAT, Insurance & Shipping)

Contact Buzz 13 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Contact Buzz 13

2017
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2017
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White PuC 1

2016
750,00 € (+ VAT, Insurance & Shipping)

OH!YOUTH 33 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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OH!YOUTH 33

2015
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OH!YOUTH 41 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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OH!YOUTH 41

2015
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OH!YOUTH 29 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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OH!YOUTH 29

2015
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OH!YOUTH 34 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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OH!YOUTH 34

2015
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Too much love makes bad porn 3 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Too much love makes bad porn 3

2016
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Too much love makes bad porn 1 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Too much love makes bad porn 1

2016
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That's so gay 13 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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That's so gay 13

2016
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That's so gay 1 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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That's so gay 1

2016
750,00 € (+ VAT, Insurance & Shipping)

Space hisotry 2 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Space hisotry 2

2016
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Religion is a team sport 14 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Religion is a team sport 14

2016
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Religion is a team sport 6 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Religion is a team sport 6

2016
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Postignorant 52 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Postignorant 52

2017
500,00 € (+ VAT, Insurance & Shipping)

Postignorant 48 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Postignorant 48

2017
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Postignorant 47

2017
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Postignorant 45 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Postignorant 45

2017
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Postignorant 42

2017
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Postignorant 41

2017
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Postignorant 39 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Postignorant 39

2017
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Postignorant 38 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Postignorant 38

2017
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Postignorant 35 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Postignorant 35

2017
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Postignorant 34 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Postignorant 34

2017
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Postignorant 30 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Postignorant 30

2015
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Postignorant 29 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Postignorant 29

2015
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Postignorant 28 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Postignorant 28

2015
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Postignorant 24

2017
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Postignorant 20 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Postignorant 20

2017
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Postignorant 19 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Postignorant 19

2017
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Postignorant 17 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Postignorant 17

2015
950,00 € (+ VAT, Insurance & Shipping)

Postignorant 13 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Postignorant 13

2017
750,00 € (+ VAT, Insurance & Shipping)

Father Figures 3 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
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Father Figures 3

2016
750,00 € (+ VAT, Insurance & Shipping)

Father Figures 1 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
KENNET LEKKO

Father Figures 1

2016
750,00 € (+ VAT, Insurance & Shipping)

Postignorant 40 | Kennet Lekko | available artwork
KENNET LEKKO

Postignorant 40

2017
950,00 € (+ VAT, Insurance & Shipping)

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