Young Artist of the Year 2015: Ville Andersson

Ars Nova
11.9.−1.11.2015
Ville Andersson: Vision, from the series As Always I Withdraw into the Music, 2015, pigment ink print face mounted on acrylic, 100 x 138 cm, Paulo Foundation.
Ville Andersson: Vision, from the series As Always I Withdraw into the Music, 2015, pigment ink print face mounted on acrylic, 100 x 138 cm, Paulo Foundation.

The young artist of the year 2015 is Ville Andersson (b. 1986). He is known for his refined works that he realizes with many different techniques. Photography, painting and drawing hold an equal position in Andersson's working process. He strives to find the most natural form of expression for his thoughts and ideas, and on the other hand to study how different mediums and techniques influence his work.

Reference points in Ville Andersson's art include literature, film, music and the visual arts. He hides subtle allusions to them in his works like visual puzzles. The names of the works point to artists and works that inspired Andersson as well, as I am Visconti does with Luchino Visconti and Melancholia with Lars von Trier.

Young Artist of the Year is one of the best known Finnish art awards, which Tampere Art Museum has awarded since 1985. The prize includes a grant, an award exhibition and an exhibition publication. Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova's collaboration with Tampere Art Museum began in 2013 and continues now with the third Turku-based Young Artist of the Year exhibition.

Ville Andersson: Janus, from the series Disturbed Silence, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 27 x 22 cm, private collection. Image: Ville Andersson.
Ville Andersson: Lifeblood, from the series My Little Empire, 2013, ink and pencil on paper, 140 x 110 cm. Image: Ville Andersson.
Ville Andersson: Vision, from the series As Always I Withdraw into the Music, 2015, pigment ink print face mounted on acrylic, 100 x 138 cm, Paulo Foundation.
Ville Andersson: Nature boy, 2010, from the series My love, I’ve never been able to teach you anything. At best, I can contribute with a feeling., acrylic on canvas, 20 x 20 cm, Amos Anderson Art Museum.
A view from the exhibition.
A view from the exhibition.