Biography

Ole Aakjaer 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, with models like Milo Manara, Enki Bilal, Jean Giraud (aka Moebius), and other big names. In the mid-1980s, he succeeded in publishing 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 are primarily exected using watercolour and ink on paper, often in very large formats. In the past, he has experimented with acrylic painting, but this medium contrasts 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: everything must succeed on the first application. But it is also here that the poetry of watercolour rests, with its luminosity and its strength in colours and contrasts. Ole affixes his hues and combines them with 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 Aakjær is one of the most used in the history of art: the beautiful young woman. This one could be inspired by Lara Croft of the films of Tomb Raider: Complex, fearless and photogenic. 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. Aakjær examines the female face as a gateway to the soul. But although she courageously meets the eyes of the spectator with energy and obstinacy, her inner life and secrets remain intact.

Ole has won numerous awards and competitions and has gained notoriety as a man of ideas, poster artist and artist. His last 24 exhibitions have all been a success, with all the works having been sold.

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