Birth in a Time of Darkness
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This exclusive work is part of the series "The Winter of Face Masks" by the Norwegian artist Trygve Skogrand. In the series, the artist combines classical masterpieces from European art history with implements from the pandemic, like face masks or breathing tubes, often placing the figures into modern everyday surroundings. The classical works is used as symbols of the vulnerability of culture, civilisation – and even life itself. In the work "Birth in the Time of Darkness" the artist takes as a starting point a Nativity scene by the Spanish painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, where the symbolism of the birth of the Saviour hints that even in the darkest times, there is hope.
Trygve Skogrand (b. 1967) lives and works in Asenfjord, Norway. After originally educating as a Civil Engineer, he has been working as an artist using computers as his artistic tool since the late 1990s. Skogrand's works have been exhibited in Oslo, Trondheim, Malmö, London, Edinburgh and Berlin, and been published as several art books.