Olli Lyytikäinen (1949–87) was an artist who merged the frivolity of pop art with the depths of surrealism, who sought inspiration in music and who treated Donald Duck with the same gravity as he would Hamlet. Lyytikäinen was a painter, drawer and photographer. In his imaginative watercolours humour and clarity of vision go hand in hand. Ever since his debut in the early 70s his skill and distinctive idiom have been admired by public and critics alike. His breakthrough came in 1973 with the exhibition From Africa to Eternity. Despite his relatively brief life his artistry is wide ranging and timelessly interesting.