The Crown

The Crown by Carl-Martin Sandvold, 2019 © Carl-Martin Sandvold

The Crown by Carl-Martin Sandvold, 2019
© Carl-Martin Sandvold

Carl-Martin Sandvold’s practice began on the streets of Oslo, where he made urban street art during his teenage years. Beginning his training in Norway, he continued his studies at the Florence Academy of Art and the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York, before returning to Florence for a stint at the Charles H. Cecil Studios. Currently, Sandvold’s studio is located on the site of Edvard Munch’s former estate on the outskirts of Oslo.

Sandvold’s self-portrait The Crown reflects his interest in ‘the challenges of life, the strangeness of being alive and other existential issues’. Central to Sandvold’s portraiture is the belief that we are all trying to reconcile the love of life with the knowledge of death, saying: “The crown symbolises the peak of power, achievement and material abundance. In this portrait, it suggests that none of these things really solve anything.”


Shortlisted Artists

Sophie and Carla by Emma Hopkins, 2019 © Emma Hopkins

Sophie and Carla
by Emma Hopkins, 2019
© Emma Hopkins

Quo vadis? by Massimiliano Pironti, 2018 © Massimiliano Pironti

Quo vadis?
by Massimiliano Pironti, 2018
© Massimiliano Pironti

The Crown by Carl-Martin Sandvold, 2019 © Carl-Martin Sandvold

The Crown
by Carl-Martin Sandvold, 2019
© Carl-Martin Sandvold

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© Charlie Schaffer