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, 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. He received the Young Artists of the Year Award and solo exhibitions at Tampere Art Museum and at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova in 2015. In 2018, he was a Watermill Center artist-in-residence in New York, and was awarded an Inga Maren Otto Fellowship by Watermill in 2020. Andersson has also exhibited actively outside of Finland, e.g. at LOKO Gallery and Diesel Art Gallery in Tokyo, and in Germany, for example, at Salon Dahlmann, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie and Museum Weserburg. 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.; and in numerous private collections in Finland and abroad. Andersson has also worked with several other projects, most recent of which include designs for the new tram stations in Tampere, works created for family rooms at Kerava Health Care Center and a new graphic look for the Academic Bookstore.