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August Künnapu. Photo: Paula Lūse

Arterritory photo-stories on artists. August Künnapu 0

Paula Lūse

Photo: Paula Lūse

Fine-art painter August Künnapu (1978) is a new-generation Estonian artist who received his architecture degree from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2002, and only then decided to study painting in London. A few years ago, he was still regularly writing about the latest culture and arts news in his self-founded newspaper Epifanio. Since 2001, Künnapu has had several solo shows not only in Estonia, but also internationally, and he has regularly participated in group shows since 1996. 

Künnapu’s works most often depict scenes from sports, city life, and hospitals, but he also does a lot of portraits of people and animals, especially cats. Overall, however, people are the main subject of his work. He is interested in the quintessence of human nature – what is it that makes us human. And he tries to give an answer to this through his work. As Künnapu has said himself: “My main goal in painting is to depict the soul.”

Through 17 June, the Tallinn gallery Haus was showing August Künnapu’s solo show Assortii / Babylon. headed to Tallinn to meet the artist, see his show, and to get a look at both of his studios. His Tallinn studio is shared with his father, the architect Vilen Künnapu (1948), who also turned to painting eleven years ago. The other studio is at his family’s summer house by the sea, about a 20-minute drive from Tallinn.