Thor Elias Engelstad


Warner Bros
Billabong Womens
Hewlett Packard
Valley Eyewear
Grab Denim
Oscar Oscar
Lisa Brown
YAWK Streetwear
Universal Store
Princess Luxury Yachts


Awards /

International Photography Awards
International Color Awards
International Spider Awards
Tokyo International Foto Awards
Moran Contemporary Art Prize
New York Photo Festival
Thiess Art Prize
Premiere Selection French Photo
Queensland Arts Council


Harper's Bazaar
W magazine
Black Magazine
Carbon Copy
Fashion Journal
Fucking Young!
French Photo
Academy for Men
Yen Magazine
Laud Magazine
Vulture Magazine
Nordic Style Magazine



Thor Elias Engelstad is a Norwegian born Australia based visual artist, known for his innovative and recognisable characteristic style combination of fashion and fine art photography. Some of his fashion and advertising clients include Pandora, Samsung, Volvo, Warner Bros, Hewlett Packard, Huawei, Billabong Womens, Valley Eyewear, Grab Denim, Oscar Oscar, Universal Store & Lisa Brown. 

His work has been featured in publications such as a Cultural History of Fashion in the 20th century, Harper’s Bazaar, W magazine, Cosmopolitan, Oyster, Vulture Magazine, Carbon Copy, Black Magazine, Laud Magazine, Fucking Young!, Fashion Journal, Frankie Magazine, Yen, UCE Magazine, Lino, Art World, Australian Art Review, Academy for Men, Cleo, and French Photo. The recipient of international prizes such as the International photography Awards, International Color Awards and The Centre for Fine Art Photography in the USA.

He is also involved in many diverse art projects and commissions. Thor Elias has had several solo exhibitions, as well as being represented in many group shows worldwide.

When not shooting for clients Thor Elias travels the continents adding to his varied influences and inspirations, balancing his personal photo media and visual experimentations work.



2019 Tokyo International Foto Awards yearly exhibition, Gold Award in the Professional Fashion Category, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
2019 Dali Land, ‘Unconscious Contemporary’, selected artists exhibited alongside Salvador Dali’s exhibition at Metro City, Perth, Aus.
2015 Windows to the Sacred, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Vic, Australia
2014 Windows to the Sacred, Devonport Gallery, Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
2013 Windows to the Sacred, an exploration of the exoteric, National Trust S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2013 The Story of the Creative, International Exhibition, See Me, NY, USA
2012/13 Vente De Photographies D’Art, Sakura Gallery, Paris, France
2012 Capturing Light | New Mediums in photography, part of the Queensland Festival of Photography, Byron Bay, Aus 2010/11 Moran Contemporary Photographic Art Prize, State Library, Sydney, Australian touring exhibition
2010 New York Photo Festival, Human Kind Exhibition, The PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USA
2010 Kodak Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne, Australia
2010 Art Sydney 2010, Hall of Industries, Sydney, Australia
2009 30x40, A Snapshot of Contemporary Australian art, United Galleries, Sydney, Australia
2008 Hip Pop, Showcasing 4 hip and 4 pop artists, United Galleries, Sydney, Australia
2008 Tales from the Cold Ghost II, Tinygold, 19 Karen Gallery, Gold Coast, Australia
2008 Art in Mind, Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK
2008 Unwrapped 08, Australia’s Premier Showcase of Emerging Art, United Galleries, Perth, Australia
2008 A Hundred Nations, multicultural festival, Sandefjord, Norway    
2008/09 Moran Contemporary Photographic Art Prize 2008, State Library, Sydney, Australian touring exhibition
2007 Unwrapped 07, Australia’s Premier Showcase of Emerging Art, United Galleries, Perth, Australia           
2007 Projections 07, Federation square, Melbourne, Australia  
2007 Projections 07, Saatchi gallery Sydney, Australia
2006 Juvenarte, Galleri Fimbul, Oslo, Norway
2006 On The Edge, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, USA
2006 Project 30, June Exhibition, New York, USA
2006 Queensland Open Photographer of the Year Awards, Brisbane, Australia
2006 Project 30, May Exhibition, New York, USA
2006 ACMP Trampoline 06 finalist, emerging photo media artist’s exhibition, Saatchi  & Saatchi, Sydney, Aus
2006 ScanArt 06, Scandinavian art exhibition, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2005 Allure, Logan Art Gallery, exhibition with William Yang: Selected Photographs, Qld. Australia
2005 Thiess Art Prize finalists, Dell Gallery, South Bank, Brisbane, Australia           
2005 Resolution, graduating photography exhibition, QCA White Box Gallery, Brisbane, Aus           
2005 ScanArt, Scandinavian art exhibition (Juvenarte), Tap Gallery, Sydney, Aus           
2004 Colourbox ‘This way up’ emerging artist’s exhibition, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Aus