Entranced by the cover of Olaf Hajek’s newest book , we delved into his portfolio and fell in love. He has an abundance of stunning artworks – trying to edit this post down to just these seven pieces was incredibly difficult. So be sure to check out his other work on his site ( link below.)
Olaf creates a world of surreal fantasy and melancholic beauty – full of flora, fauna and fanciful headdresses juxtaposed with the human condition. We love his strong African beauties, sadly – all too often, rare images found in contemporary art. Influenced by 1960’s African studio photography, renaissance perspective and the Dutch still lifes of the 1600′s, his work is underpinned by the color and texture of folkloric imagery. He also works as an illustrator and his lyrical sense of design comes through loud and clear.
Olaf’s book - Black Antoinette, produced with Gestalten Space, is a collection of the artist’s most recent pieces for both editorial contracts and commercial portraits. Each work is formed by hand as the artist relies on brushes, paints and natural surfaces to create his artworks.
The new book shows my work of the last 4 years. in the last years I focused more and more on my art work and gallery shows. So, a big part of the books is focused on this field of my work. Of course my illustration work is presented as well. I feel that my personal
work is becoming more and more an influence of my commercial work. I hope this new monograph is able to show this.
LINK to Olaf’s Website
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