Martin Asbæk Gallery


Martin Asbæk Gallery (est. 2005) focuses on contemporary Scandinavian as well as international art by well-established and emerging artists, working in a wide range of media.

At Market Art Fair, Martin Asbæk Gallery will present two Danish artists: Trine Søndergaard and Nicolai Howalt. With motifs revolving around Nordic nature and culture, both artists employ a considerably existential perspective, investigating themes of time passing and its various consequences, such as the survival of tradition or lack thereof, the development of collective identity, and physical decay as a tool of measurement.

Trine Søndergaard

Trine Søndergaard (b. 1972) is a Danish photography-based visual artist. Søndergaard lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. Trine Søndergaard’s work is marked by a precision and a sensibility that co-exist with an investigation of the medium of photography, its boundaries and what constitutes an image. Layered with meaning and quiet emotion, her works are highly acclaimed for their visual intensification of our perception of reality.

In 2000 she was awarded The Albert Renger-Patzsch Prize and has since received numerous grants and fellowships, including a three-year working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation. Trine Søndergaard’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions around the world and is represented in major public collections.


"Hovedtøj 01", 2019, 110 x 110 cm. Martin Asbæk Gallery and Trine Søndergaard.

Nicolai Howalt

Nicolai Howalt (b. 1972) lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. He mainly works with photography but has recently also experimented with sculpture. His work spans across documentary, conceptual and installation art. He is interested in duality, connections and relationships, and while death is an aspect of his work, he sees mortality as part of an ongoing investigation of life and its fragility. Howalt’s work is marked by the absence of a decisive moment, focusing instead on the heartless quietness of the anticipation and aftermath of a situation, devoid of any narrative cues.

Nicolai Howalt graduated from Denmark’s prestigious Photographic Art School, Fatamorgana, in 1992. He is the recipient of honorary grants from a number of benefactors and institutions, such as the Hasselblad Foundation, The Danish Ministry of Culture, The Danish Arts Foundation and The Danish Arts Council.


"Untitled 03", 2016, 20 x 25 cm. Image credits Martin Asbæk Gallery and Nicolai Howalt.