Trygve has been working with digital art since the late 1990s and has had the computer as his main artistic tool since then. He originally educated as a civil engineer, which is perhaps why he finds computers such a natural tool for art-making.
In his art, he looks for glimpses of answers to the questions "What is it like to be human? Isn't it strange, to be a spiritual creature and a piece of nature?" In that way, the main subject for his artistic work is the balance between nature, the body, and the soul. He mainly works with digital collage, as he finds the process of cutting out, combining, and moving about pictures and symbols stimulating in his exploration of the mystery of human existence.
He lives and works just beside a large forest in Trondelag, Norway, and finds this a peaceful and inspiring location for making his art.
All of Skogrand's artistic work has been digitally created since 1997. From late 2020 he has started to make the digital originals available for collectors as crypto art on the blockchain and started to create several new series of fully digital artworks.
Trygve's works from "The Theatre of Shame" have been exhibited in Berlin, London, Edinburgh, and Scandinavia, including the Royal Scottish Academy of Arts and the Saatchi Screen in London. After a solo exhibition at the Vasli Souza Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Sweden, the works were published in "Advocate" (Los Angeles) "Männer" (Berlin), and "Out&About" (London).
Skogrands works combining biblical art with contemporary photo have been shown in a large series of solo exhibitions over a period of 20 years. The works are published as three art books in Norway and Germany, have been used internationally for a range of book and CD covers, and even inspired a short-film TV-commercial.
Works from "The Light Within" has been published as a book in Norway, as several book covers internationally, in school books in the UK, Poland, and Norway, and in The New Statesman, London. A work from the series is used as a permanent art installation at the German School of Singapore.
The Artist as an Unknown God
In this series of digitally re-constructed self-portraits, the artist explores our culture's never-ending search for perfection within. In the works, the artist strike poses inspired by images of primitive gods. After using the computer to symmetrize the figures, he digitally paints a mandala-like background and virtual body paint over the manipulated figure, creating an image of a primitive, digital deity.