About Skjølsvik



He is passionate about showing movement - of showing "frozen time". For example, he shows the movement in the body when running in the sculpture by Ingrid Kristiansen (Norwegian Sports College in Oslo) and in skiing with the sculpture by Oddvar Brå (Hølonna in Trøndelag)


We meet his sculptures around the country, from Longyearbyen in the north to Kilsund near Arendal in the south. They illustrate a Norwegian culture, its people, social life and history. At the same time, Skjølsvik's sculptural spectre is local, national and international.


Skjølsvik shows a wide range in both motifs and materials. He addresses societal challenges. Both in his church art and, for example, in the sculpture "Gatebarnas father", which stands outside the Central Station, Skjølsvik points to societal challenges.

Photo: Fosna people

Tore Bjørn Skjølsvik’s works can be found in the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Nasjonalmuseet) in Oslo, Trondheim Kunstmuseum and the Norwegian embassy in Rome. He has had many solo exhibitions, has participated in various group exhibitions, and has been awarded numerous scholarships and art prizes.

Skjølsvik is one of the few Norwegian artists who have galleries devoted to their works. In 2010, ´Galleriet Tore Bjørn Skjølsvik´ opened as part of the arts and heritage centre at Angvik Gamle Handelssted near Molde. Tore Bjørn Skjølsvik Gallery Spring 2019 saw the opening of TBS Gallery in Oslo, displaying many of Skjølsvik’s works on a permanent basis. TBS Gallery in Oslo where several of his works are shown on a permanent basis.

Skjølsvik trained at the Norwegian Academy of Crafts and Applied Art (1958/59), the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London (1960/61) and the Norwegian Academy of Fine Art (1963–67). In 1962 he made his debut at the National Autumn Exhibition (Høstutstillingen), the first of 12 appearances at this event over the years. In 1986/87 he served as a member of the exhibition’s National Jury.

In 1978 he created the medallion commemorating the 150th anniversary of Henrik Ibsen’s birth. He has also portrayed Knut Hamsun and Fridtjof Nansen.

Alongside his own practice, Skjølsvik has taught other artists over the years. From 1968 to 1972 he taught on the architecture programme at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He later set up a painting school, Bjugn og Ørland malerskole, in partnership with Tone Løvset Ek.

In 1982, Skjølsvik was one of the first artists in Norway to present a ‘happening’. During an exhibition at Trondhjems Kunstforening, he placed himself in the middle of the room and worked on a bust of the artist Kjartan Slettemark.

He titled the finished bust 21-Minute Happening at Trondheim Kunstmuseum. Skjølsvik has also produced busts of the artists Håkon Bleken, Odd Nerdrum and Asbjørn Høglund.

Skjølsvik works in the classical tradition, taking inspiration from European artists such as Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet and Auguste Rodin. Physicality, intensity and realism are central qualities of his art. In public spaces across Norway, Skjølsvik’s sculptures have become landmarks commemorating Norwegian industrial heritage, sporting achievements and history. The best-known works are Salt Cod Woman (1992) on the pier at Kristiansund, Mineworker (1999) in Longyearbyen on the island of Spitsbergen, The Seafarer’s Family (2000) at Kilsund near Arendal, Emigrants Monument (2002) in Kvinesdal and John Arne Riise (2005) at the Color Line Stadium in Ålesund.

Other key works include a marble sculpture of the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus (1989) in Trondheim, Monument to the Jews Murdered at Auschwitz (2003) at Rosenlunden in Kristiansund and Father of the Street Children (2007) outside Oslo central station.

In 2014, Skjølsvik produced a set of stained glass windows for Nordland church in Kristiansund to mark the church’s centenary.

Skjølsvik’s horse sculptures are especially noteworthy. These include Rex Rodney (1998), portrayed at full gallop at the Forus racecourse in Stavanger, and Vesleblakken (1980), portrayed at a trot in the courtyard of the Øvre Rendalen folk museum. The latter sculpture has become a symbol: the Vesleblakken prize is awarded annually to someone who has made a significant contribution to improving the lives of others.

1962: "The sculptor Høglund", sculpture, in the artist's possession
1964: "The painter Karl Erik Harr", sculpture, in the artist's possession
1970: "Portrait of Tone Ek", painting, private ownership
1978: "Olea Crøger", sculpture, Heddal
1979: "Hans Hyllbakk", sculpture, Surnadal
1981: "General Otto Ruge", sculpture, Elverum
1981: "Portrait of Henrik Ibsen", painting, owned by the artist
1980: "Portrait of Odd Nerdrum", painting, artist's possession
1982: "Portrait of Kjartan Slettemark", sculpture, in the artist's possession
1983: "Edvard Drabløs", sculpture, Sykkylven
1983: "Environment Minister Professor Gjærevold", painting, Science Society, Oslo
1984: "Theater Manager Ola B. Johannessen", sculpture, Trondheim
1985: "Knut Hamsun", sculpture, Kjerringøy
1986: "Ola Jonsen Stygg påjord", sculpture, Øvre Rendalen
1987: "The Runner / Ingrid Kristiansen", sculpture, Ålesund and Norway
Sports College, Oslo
1990: "Odd Nerdrum", sculpture in the artist's possession
1990: "Esther Maria Bjørneboe", painting, private ownership
1990: "Portrait of Håkon Bleken", sculpture, in the artist's possession
1991: "Major Holtemann", sculpture, Stjørdal
1991: "Johann Nygaardsvold", sculpture, Hommelvik
1991: "The real estate king Olav Thon", sculpture, private ownership
1992: "Industrial founder Olav Sunde", sculpture, private ownership
1994: "Stortingsmann Jon Leirfall", sculpture, Hegra municipality
1996: "Fredrikke Marie Qvam", sculpture, Steinkjær
1999: "Oddvar Brå", sculpture, Hølonna, Melhus
2000: "Jens and Petrine Ekornes", sculpture, Sykkylven
2000: "Miss Coucheron", sculpture, private ownership
2005: "Jon Arne Riise", Color Line Stadium, Ålesund
2005: "Fridtjof Nansen", sculpture, in the artist's possession

1979: "Shoemaker", sculpture, Trondheim
1980: "Felecker", sculpture, in the artist's possession
1982: "The boy who brings the horses to the stable", relief, Ørland
1986: "The Yarn Fish", sculpture, Ålesund
1990: "Going Man", "Caretaker", sculpture, Trondheim
1990: "Sildekona", sculpture, Ålesund
1992: "Klippfiskkjerringa", sculpture, Kristiansund
1997: "Fisherman's wife with children", sculpture, Fosnavåg
1998: "Rider for horse", sculpture, private ownership
1999: "The Miner", sculpture, Longyearbyen
2000: "Seamen's Family", sculpture, Kilsund
2000: "First Journey Boy", sculpture, Hareid
2005: "The Arctic Ocean", sculpture, The Arctic Museum, Brandal
2006: "Gunnar Kirkebygger", sculpture, Tingvoll
2007: "The sawmill worker", sculpture, Lillestrøm
2007: "Fiskarbonden", sculpture, Ulsteinvik
2007: "Angvikingen", sculpture, Angvik
2007: "Sawmill Worker / Sawmill and Tree Worker", sculptures, Angvik
2007: "Nothoinn", sculpture Bjugn
2007: "The street children's father", sculpture, Central Station, Oslo

Skjølsvik CV

07. 09. 39 Tvedestrand
Son of Berit Jelmert and Torolf Skjølsvik
Resides in Oslo

Some of his Works


1978: Henrik Ibsen, relief, platinum, silver and bronze. Norwegian Coin Cabinet, Oslo


1997: "Cissi Klein", sculpture in collaboration with Tone Ek, Trondheim
2003: "Monument to the Jews Killed in the Auschwitz Death Camp", Sculpture, Rosenlunden, Kristiansund


1951: "Jesus with the Robbers", painting Tingvoll
1972: "Calvary", painting, Tingvoll
1972: "Altergang in Nes Church", painting, private ownership
1973: "Christ Who Speaks", painting, Tingvoll
1985: "St. Svithun », sculpture Stavanger
1989: "The Mary Sculpture", Originally in St. Olav's Church, Trondheim
1989: "Nidaros Cathedral", painting, private ownership
1991: "Church interior", painting, Tingvoll
1992: "Tingvoll church", graphics, Tingvoll
1996: "Interior Cathedral", painting, Trondheim Municipality
1998: "The Pilgrim", sculpture in collaboration with Liv Bergh, Tønsberg
2000: "Oslo Cathedral", painting, Church City Mission, Oslo
2000: "The New Jerusalem", sculpture, Spjelkavik Church, Ålesund
2001: "Spring Day in Tingvoll Church", painting, private ownership
2003: "The big hand", sculpture, Church City Mission, Oslo
2014: "The Easter Message", Stained-glass paintings Nordlandet Church, Kristiansund


1963: "The Boy" sculpture, The Norwegian Embassy, Rome
1982: "Mother and child", sculpture, Valjevo, Serbia


1975: "Vesleblakken", sculpture, Rendalen,
1980: "Vesleblakken", sculpture National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo.
1987: "Over an obstacle", sculpture, private ownership
1977: "Horse and foal", sculpture, Sunndalsøra
1985: "Horse and rider", sculpture, Tingvoll
1990: "Stealing Horse" and "On Stealing Horse", sculpture, private ownership
1998: "Rex Rodney", sculpture, Stavanger 


2002: "Migrant Memorial", sculpture, Kvinesdal


1979: "Ravnkloa", painting, Bjugn
1981: "Sun after rain", painting, Ørland
1993: "From Botngård - Bjugn", painting, private ownership
1986: "Kristiansund harbor", painting, private ownership
1994: "Downed sea bows", graphics, Trondheim municipality
1997: "From Nidelven", painting, NSB. Trondheim
1999: "View from Tingvoll towards Angvik", painting, private ownership
2000: "Outdoor restaurant", painting, private ownership
2000: "My mother's childhood home", painting, private ownership
2000: "View from a porch", painting, private ownership
2001: "Brosundet Ålesund", painting, private ownership
2001: "From Eikeland by Arendal", painting, private ownership
2001: "By Akerselven I", painting, private ownership
2002: "In the garden", painting, private ownership
2002: "From Ravnkloa", painting, private ownership
2004: "By Akerselven II", painting, private ownership
2004: "From Big Bushes I", painting, private ownership
2007: "Prague Square", painting, private ownership
2008: "From Big Bushes II", painting, private ownership
2009: "The Green Act", painting, private ownership

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Inland school
Skjølsvik has over seventy works in the public space. They include both sculpture and paintings. Many of these are exhibited in western Norway and in Trøndelag.
The Jew monument
At Rosenlunden
Skjølsvik has over seventy works in the public space. They include both sculpture and paintings. Many of these are exhibited in western Norway and in Trøndelag.
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Herring Slayer
Skjølsvik has over seventy works in the public space. They include both sculpture and paintings. Many of these are exhibited in western Norway and in Trøndelag.