Ville Andersson

Photo: Veikko Kähkönen

Ville Andersson is a versatile artist, both in his use of different media and in his variety of styles. He is known for his his detailed ink and pencil drawings and photographs that are often staged, dramatized situations, or glimpses of natural phenomena. He has also worked with a process that he calls “digital sculpting”, where he uses 3D modelling software to create images. He often deals with the concept of emptiness as a part of visual expression and explores the possibilities of silence and quietude. Characteristic features of Andersson’s aesthetic are allusiveness, richness of nuance, precision, understatement and ephemerality. The soft, organic traces in his pencil drawings and the clear-cut, uniform shapes of the digitally produced images create a strong tension to the artist' body of work.

Ville Andersson (b. 1986) studied at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts from 2007 until 2012. He received Finland’s Young Artist of the Year Award in 2015. He has exhibited widely both in Finland and abroad at venues including EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, the National Art Center in Tokyo, Vitraria Glass +A Museum in Venice, the Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst in Bremen, Germany, the Centrum för Fotograf in Stockholm and FOMU – Fotomuseum Provincie in Antwerp, Belgium. His work is represented in collections such as Saastamoinen Foundation, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Amos Andersson Art Museum, Pro Artibus and the Jenny and Antti Wihuri Art Foundation. His recent projects include the design of Tampere’s new tram stops, artworks for family rooms at Kerava Health Centre, the new graphic look of the Academic Bookstore and a piece commissioned as part of the Helsinki Festival’s Open Art Gallery project. In 2022, Andersson was awarded the Watermill Center’s Inga Maren Otto Fellowship and the Finnish Art Society’s William Thuring Prize.