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Haus Gallery 20.01.2021

Vilen Künnapu

World-stopping Landscapes

20. January – 28. February 2021

Vilen Künnapu who is known as an architect and artist presents his new display of paintings on exhibition throughout the two floors of Haus Gallery from the 20th of January. Predominantly large-scale acrylic paintings have been created with a characteristic Künnapu-esque stylization and provocative use of colours. These are expressive works with a unique geometrical and symbolistic system that have consciously emphasized naivism, like a sign of the artist’s genuine and pure energy, happily spreading across the paintings.

As for shapes, Künnapu utilizes the same problem-solving and work ethics as with architecture – bold colour schemes and a stylish eclecticism of various architectural elements. Egyptian pillars, palladium friezes, gothic-roman window verticals and arches that become amazingly similar in Künnapu’s interpretation. The architect as well as the artist has halted their origin, creating a new space of thought free from temporal restrictions. To walk within the rooms of Künnapu’s bright-coloured houses is as if to walk along the roofs, corridors, roads and landscapes on his paintings...

„These are world-stopping landscapes“ says Vilen himself when we talk about his exhibition at Haus Gallery. I look at his almost delirious, colorfully enhanced pictures: neon yellow, vivid green, pink, purple, orange, blue, red landscapes, always with a little round sun in the corner – seems like usually on the top left. A few human figures, Vilen’s son August or Vilen himself wearing amber-coloured glasses, standing in front of colorful arcs of paysage lines, looking peacefully at the viewer. The picture and the viewer are one, what you see is what you are – it is as if Vilen is saying from his painting’s edge, then just flying away with a bird from his other picture. The bird looks like a white horse galloping across the painted sky with the artist. Small picture but the sky within seems far and wide, inviting all thoughts to fly along with Vilen, further and further over painted spaces. Only a few clouds here and there. They do not shade the sun at all. Vilen calls out: look down, those are zig-zag Tuscan roads and Tuscan trees, look now, there are Santorini roofs, look – Rome, St Peter’s Cathedral, look – Tallinn and look, look, this is the city of Future, it could be like that, right?! I look at the futuristic city – colorful, very colorful, good-spirited, like music to the beat of round towers – what is this song, it seems familiar but also not... and I find myself standing in front of Vilen’s picture of the future in the gallery. Vilen is also here, landed beside me and saying hey what should I name this picture – I was thinking „City of Future,“ there could be a city like that in the future, right? Or let’s just call it „Future“? I agree. Just future – good and bright...

Vilen Künnapu as an architect and artist in somewhere between all eras and worlds, hints of the past, joys of the present, and ideas of the future. Scurrying about quite happily and creating his own universe out of the three, still connected to the vast and comprehensive universe itself which is important to fathom according to Vilen. As if he wants to shake the viewer loose from routine thoughts, expected solutions, and encourage us to see things much more broadly and freely – more colorfully, both literally and figuratively. Colours are nice! Aren’t they?! Yes, colours are good, he positively affirms.

Vilen Künnapu has written about his paintings and exhibition:

„The world consists of descriptions and many programs, but what a chaos those programs have brought the world to! If we could stop them everything would change. At the moment certain cessations are happening and the human mind has been expanding, but unfortunately by the power of tsunamis and pandemics, etc. Still, we can stop harrassing and at times violent programs by meditating, listening to music or enjoying good art. Going into an energy field to experience something calming and even healing. I try to inspire this state of mind with my art. There is a sense of reality and the arousing scent of timelessness in my seemingly unrealistic landscapes, these bizarre ultra-colorful cubist edifices which the viewer could recognize, delve into, and draw strength to their energy.

My colours, these bright fundamental tones originate from 17 000 year old cave paintings and ancient southern cultures, which are still used today, for example in African womens’ clothes. My colorite is actually just as timeless as any ritual atributes the forest folk have used – flags, drums, body paint, charms, jewellery and even temple interior patterns. I have transferred these colours to the roofs and walls of Tallinn as well as Santorini. Yes, it might seem unexpected but I visualize the energetics of familiar buildings, towns, terrains and seas rather than their precise actuality. I hope the viewer gets a kick out of this different kind of reality, one that changes them in a good way after recovering.

My son August Künnapu does the same on his paintings – just through human figures. He depicts them in completely everyday scenarios – young girls at gym, nurses at a maternity ward, old-fashioned man pole vaulting between some houses – factually not anything special, but August amplifies the occasion through painting the energy of characters and circumstances – concentration, dedication, and focus on a seemingly unimportant yet actually relevant moment – this makes his paintings an expression of magical human existence.

It is important to me that in the current ever-changing world creators present works with purified energy that can fill the public with kind and healthy emotions. May it be paintings, houses or music. I want to convince the viewer to believe in that side of the world which is good, safe, infinite and enduring.“

Text and artist’s edit by

Piia Ausman

Haus Gallery curator

 

You are welcome to visit the exhibition! A selection of works below:

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Future
Vilen Künnapu
Future
2020. Acrylic, canvas 180 x 90 cm (not framed)
price 7 200
(sold)Pond
Vilen Künnapu
Pond
2018. Acrylic, canvas 90 x 120 cm (not framed)
price 3 500
Andalusian Landscape
Vilen Künnapu
Andalusian Landscape
2020. Acrylic, canvas 120 x 150 cm (not framed)
price 6 500
Fort
Vilen Künnapu
Fort
2014. Acrylic, canvas 50 x 70 cm (not framed)
price 1 500
Dreamy Tallinn
Vilen Künnapu
Dreamy Tallinn
2020. Acrylic, canvas 150 x 120 cm (not framed)
price 6 500
Kiek in de Kök
Vilen Künnapu
Kiek in de Kök
2014. Acrylic, canvas 24 x 18 cm (framed)
price 1 300
Villu Flying
Vilen Künnapu
Villu Flying
2020. Acrylic, canvas 30 x 40 cm (not framed)
Palm Man
Vilen Künnapu
Palm Man
2020. Acrylic, canvas 40 x 30 cm (not framed)
price 1 600
Magical Toompea
Vilen Künnapu
Magical Toompea
2015. Acrylic, canvas 18 x 24 cm (framed)
price 1 300
Upper City
Vilen Künnapu
Upper City
2014. Acrylic, canvas 50 x 70 cm (not framed)
price 2 100
Toompea From Afar
Vilen Künnapu
Toompea From Afar
2018. Acrylic, canvas 100 x 150 cm (not framed)
price 6 500
Perfect Architecture I
Vilen Künnapu
Perfect Architecture I
2020. Acrylic, canvas 100 x 150 cm (not framed)
price 5 600
Perfect Architecture II
Vilen Künnapu
Perfect Architecture II
2020. Acrylic, canvas 100 x 150 cm (not framed)
price 5 600
Toompea Dimension
Vilen Künnapu
Toompea Dimension
2021. Acrylic, canvas 100 x 150 cm (not framed)
price 6 500
Andalusian Farm
Vilen Künnapu
Andalusian Farm
2020. Acrylic, canvas 100 x 120 cm (not framed)
price 4 800
Everyday Atlantis
Vilen Künnapu
Everyday Atlantis
2020. Acrylic, canvas 120 x 150 cm (not framed)
price 7 200
(sold)The Time is Right for Questions I
Vilen Künnapu
The Time is Right for Questions I
2019. Acrylic, canvas 80 x 120 cm (not framed)
price 4 000
(sold)The Time is Right for Questions II
Vilen Künnapu
The Time is Right for Questions II
2019. Acrylic, canvas 80 x 120 cm (not framed)
price 4 000
Divine Light Over Santorini
Vilen Künnapu
Divine Light Over Santorini
2020. Acrylic, canvas 120 x 150 cm (not framed)
price 6 500
August in Casablanca
Vilen Künnapu
August in Casablanca
2019. Acrylic, canvas 120 x 150 cm (not framed)
price 8 000
Birdhouse
Vilen Künnapu
Birdhouse
2020. Acrylic, canvas 120 x 150 cm (not framed)
price 8 000
Morning in the Himalayas
Vilen Künnapu
Morning in the Himalayas
2017. Acrylic, canvas 80 x 120 cm (not framed)
price 4 000
Life in the Country
Vilen Künnapu
Life in the Country
2016. Acrylic, canvas 120 x 150 cm (not framed)
Evening on Tenerife
Vilen Künnapu
Evening on Tenerife
2015. Acrylic, canvas 30 x 40 cm (not framed)
price 1 600
Future and the City
Vilen Künnapu
Future and the City
2020. Acrylic, canvas 2x 200 x 150 cm (not framed)
price 13 000
Red Chimney on La Comera
Vilen Künnapu
Red Chimney on La Comera
2015. Acrylic, canvas 70 x 100 cm (not framed)
price 4 800