Questing the Seraph and Seeking the Portrait series at Helsinki Contemporary gallery showroom

During the years 2019-2020, Ville Löppönen has created two series of portraits of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, whose music and search for stillness has inspired the artist. Löppönen has studied portrait painting all throughout his production, his portrait of artist Henry Wuorila-Stenberg won third prize at Portrait Now! the Brewer J.C. Jacobsen’s Portrait Award in Denmark in 2013.

”Pärt has been researching silence and stillness in his compositions, and I have been struggling with the same theme for quite a few years now. His music came to me through church music, more precisely through orthodox liturgical music: Pärt´s music seemed to have the same continuum, but it came closer to today. I mean, it was easier for me to recognise what it was about, unlike old church music.”

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