Eirik Broll Stalheim
Winner of the Ashurst Emerging Artist Employee Choice Prize 2016
Pondering Man is based on a picture that was sourced by the artist from an amateur photographer. Striking for his presence and facial expression, the man gazes off introspectively in a manner that encapsulates and betrays his character.
Stalheim’s portrait actively spikes the curiosity of the viewer. Who is this man, and what is his life story? What life experiences has he had that I haven’t and what type of wisdom does he have that I don’t?