A portrait of Ole Aakjaer
Ole Aakjær is a Danish artist born in 1962 who has been drawing and painting since he was able to hold a brush in his hands. Originally, his dream was to create cartoons, looking up to artists such as Milo Manara, Enki Bilal and Jean Giraud (aka Moebius). In the mid-1980s, he successfully published an album at Carlsen, Denmark's main comic book publisher at the time. Since 1992, he runs his own illustration studio.
The works of Ole Aakjær are primarily executed using watercolour and ink on paper, often in very large formats. He previously experimented with acrylic painting, but it’s with the vibrant colours of watercolour that his talent is best expressed. Ink and watercolour require great mastery because there is no room for error or corrections, the desired result must be achieved on the first application. But that is also where the poetry of watercolour rests, within its luminosity and its strength in colours and contrasts. Ole Aakjær affixes his hues and combines them with an apparent ease, and his works appear with a force and presence full of passion and power, leaving the spectators in admiration.
The main theme represented by Ole Aakjær is one of the most used in the history of art: the beautiful young woman. In his case, she is complex, fearless and photogenic. Ole Aakjær examines the female face as a gateway to the soul. Although she courageously meets the eyes of the spectator with energy and obstinacy, her inner life and secrets remain intact. Her body is tattooed with texts and characters, which adds meanings and leads to questioning. A map of the world, a root system that spreads over the neck and face, a patterned circle recalling a mandala, thus making the world gravitate around the woman's face. We can also recognize a subtle influence from the world of advertising and graphic design, observing the margins of framing and the presence of oversized keywords in certain artwork.
Ole Aakjær has won numerous awards and competitions and has gained notoriety as a man of ideas, poster artist and painter. His last 24 exhibitions have all been a success, with every single piece sold.