Ville Löppönen - "Virgin Mary with Stigmata" - acrylic and oil on icon board - 27 x 13.2cm (10.6"x5.2")
Virgin Mary with Stigmata
Acrylic and oil on icon board
27 x 13.2 cm (10.6" x 5.2")
Ville Löppönen (Finland) graduated from the Department of Painting at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2007. Graphic novels and popular imagery meet the classical painting tradition in Löppönen’s skillful, photorealistic, figurative painting. In recent years, his art has also been strongly influenced by Western Church art and by the Eastern tradition of icon painting. Löppönen is also a notable contemporary portrait painter. His imagery deals with the healing nature of suffering and the human struggle with the self and its contradictions. He is also concerned with the conflict between religious service and ego-based artistic creation. Löppönen sees his art as being theological contemporary art. The painting process itself is an act of spiritual reflection or prayer.