Gurholt, born 1965 in Oslo where he lives and works, studied at the Norwegian National Academy of Fine Art and at the New York University/Film School SCE.
With a background in the film industry—he works as a film and music video director in addition to his artistic practice—Gurholt works with professional specialists in relevant fields, including models, lighting technicians, stylists and special-effects technicians. He has found a method that mixes our understanding of the film medium, the photograph, and relational art’s involvement with the public, with symbolism and formal composition borrowed from classical painting. All the main phases of Crispin Gurholt’s highly personal style are retraced here from the first tableaux vivant to his last video production, concert performances, and live photo site-specific installation. The monograph is also the catalogue of a 2010 exhibition at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo.