Martin Askholm

1967 · Denmark

Artist biography

Martin Askholm is a mid-career established artist, who was born in Denmark, like other celebrated artists such as Alessandro Cozzani, Laura Alercia, Marc Von Der Hocht, J Melio, and Willy Ørskov. Martin Askholm was born in 1967.


Martin Askholm's work has most recently been exhibited at Marie Kirkegaard Gallery in Copenhagen (09 October 2019 until 08 November 2019) with the exhibition Tin foil. Martin Askholm's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; Yōkai Pandemonium (28 September 2018 - 10 November 2018) at Format Artspace in Copenhagen and Sommerudstilling 2019 (06 July 2019 - 19 July 2019) at Galleri Lene Bilgrav in Aarhus.

Martin Askholm in private collections

On Artland Martin Askholm's works can be found in the following collection: Claus Handgaard which, for instance, also has works by other prominent and critically acclaimed artists including Bruno Augsburger, Hur Kyung-Ae, and Sarah Derat.

Historical Context of Denmark

As the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, Denmark has often been very influenced by the Germanic culture of Northern Europe, which borders its southern limits. This sensibility is often combined with the Nordic traits of restraint and melancholy in its arts. At the end of the nineteenth century, and in the earlier part of the twentieth, Denmark originated a key painter of Post-Impressionism, Vilhelm Hammershøi. Noted for his wistful and extremely sparse interiors, Hammershøi's reputation was founded on his exquisite representations of light and shadow in simple, dignified interiors, most often his own residence. In the later twentieth century, Denmark was a key country in the CoBrA movement of Expressionist painting, where the naming convention was derived from the cities of the founding members - the Co standing for Copenhagen on behalf of Danish artist Asger Jorn. Established in 1949, CoBrA's vivid colours and lively childlike figures became both a scandal and sensation. Other critically acclaimed modern and Danish artists include Per Kirkeby, Olafur Eliasson, Danh Vō, Sergej Jensen and Tal R.

Further Biographical Context for Martin Askholm

Martin Askholm was born in 1967, grew up during the 1980s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The 1980s were a turbulent time culturally, and were marked by growing global capitalism, widespread mass media, significant discrepancies in wealth, alongside a distinctive sense of music and fashion, epitomised by electronic pop music and hip hop. Artists growing up during this time were heavily influenced by this cultural atmosphere. The 1980s were an important decade in terms of politics, marked by the African Famine and the end of the Cold War, which was signified by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Neo Geo and The Pictures Generation became leading art movements during the decade, alongside Neo-Expressionism which became well-known in Germany, France and Italy (where it was known as Transavanguardia). Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were primary artists of the era, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements.

Martin Askholm

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