Ville Andersson

Photo: Veikko Kähkönen

Ville Andersson is a versatile artist, both in his use of different media and in his variety of styles. The starting points for his works can be found in a variety of sources, ranging from literature, theatre and art history to popular culture. He is known for his photographs that are often staged, dramatized situations, with actors or dancers as his models, and for his detailed ink and pencil drawings. Sometimes, Andersson uses light in a manner that makes the photographs look like oil paintings. For his latest solo exhibition he has also worked with something he calls “digital sculpting” where he uses 3D modelling software to create images. In his recent work he has dealt with the concept of empty spaces as a part of visual expression and with the experience of the colour white and its connotations of silence. Characteristic features of Andersson’s aesthetic are allusiveness, richness of nuance, precision, understatement and ephemerality. 

Ville Andersson (b. 1986, Pernaja) graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in the spring of 2012. The following autumn, he held his debut solo exhibition at Helsinki Contemporary. Since then, he has shown in Finland, with touring solo exhibitions in Tammisaari, Loviisa and Vaasa and the Young Artist of the Year award exhibitions in Tampere Art Museum and in Turku at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova. Andersson has also exhibited actively outside of Finland, e.g. in Tokyo at LOKO Gallery and Diesel Art Gallery and Germany at Salon Dahlmann, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie and Museum Weserburg. He has shown at art fairs such as ARCOMadrid, Marker Art Fair and CHART Art Fair. In 2018 he was artist in residence at the Watermill Centre in New York. His works are represented in the central public collections in Finland such as the Saastamoinen Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Wihuri Foundation and Amos Rex.