Ville Andersson, Jonna Kina and Ville Löppönen have been awarded William Thuring Prizes by the Finnish Art Society.
The William Thuring Foundation is the main supporter of the Finnish Art Society. The William Thuring Prizes consist of a main prize and nine other designated prizes awarded to visual artists aged between 35 and 45. This year, the prize committee consisted of art critic Asko Mäkelä, Ph. Lic. (Board chair), and Päivi Karttunen, BA (Board member).
In his recent works, Ville Andersson has explored the themes of silence, quietude, and emptiness, as well as the power and experience of nature. Depicting the sublimity of nature and the idea of a connection between the human and nature have been important for Andersson. Andersson is a versatile artist, who works with photography, drawing and digital artworks.
Jonna Kina’s works often lies at the junction of sound, language and image. She works with multitude mediums such as film, video, sound, sculpture, installation, performance, language and photography. Her works often evoke and explore the concept of listening and the trans-sensory power of sound, the relations and exchanges between artifice and reality and the mechanisms of translations.
Popular imagery meet the classical tradition in Ville Löppönen’s skillful painting. Over the years Löppönen’s art has been influenced by graphic novels, Western Church art, and the Eastern tradition of religious icon painting, but also the everyday life and his own family inspires him. His expression has evolved gradually from figurative, even photorealistic, portrait painting towards the abstract, and the organic.