For 75 years, the VELUX Group has used daylight and fresh air to create products that improve living environments all over the world.
So, what does art have to do with daylight? You might ask. Well, quite a lot actually. Artists have always been inspired by effects of light changes throughout the day or over the year. In 2016, the VKR Group will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a wide range of exciting activities.
One of the most eye-catching was the international painting competition that collated works of art from no fewer than 20 countries in Europe, Asia and North and South America.The artists had to express the importance of windows to buildings, with special attention to light through the roof or façade.
A jury, comprising of professional art connoisseurs and VELUX and VKR Holding representatives, has chosen the three winners of the VKR Group’s international painting competition, along with nine other works which will feature in a 75th anniversary memorial calendar.
The jury members from left are: gallery owner, Mikael Andersen, daughter of the VELUX Group founder, Aino Kann Rasmussen art historian, Nanna Bruun (chairman), VKR Holding company historian, Troels Rasmussen, representative of the VELUX Art Association Morten Møller and VELUX A/S Chief Marketing Director, Michael K. Rasmussen.
First, second and third place in the painting competition were awarded to Eva Navarro from Spain, Shuwen Yang from China and Ruben Monakhov from Russia, at the VKR Group's official 75th anniversary celebrations.
Winner of first prize
The winner of first prize, Eva Navarro from Spain, has worked masterfully with light, shade and sensuality. The viewer is brought close to a person sitting in a chair, reading in subdued, yet bright, lighting from above. The scene is credible and convincing, with exquisite technical detail, all of which combine to make this work the clear winner of the competition.
Winner of second prize
Shuwen Yang from China has created a fascinating urban landscape with countless tiny details included in this work. The whole scene is bathed in powerful sunlight that has coloured the sky completely orange, transforming it into a warm, weighty duvet over the landscape. The narrative of city life is simultaneously vibrant and dramatic.
Winner of third prize
Ruben Monakhov from Russia has created an interior inspired by the French impressionists yet still with its own artistic idiom, interesting light and fine interplay of light and shade. Voyeur-like, the viewer is looking through a window at a young woman sitting almost completely naked in front of her dress. The subject is bold and executed with a safe hand and great imagination.