In conjunction with a new monograph being published by Gestalten, illustrator Olaf Hajek will be opening an exhibition at Gestalten's space in Berlin this Thursday, July 5. The Germany-based artist will be releasing his second monograph, Black Antoinette, a collection that covers much of his personal, fine artworks, as well as his extensive commercial works for the likes of Rolling Stone, New York Times, the Royal Mail, and Washington Post.
To celebrate the launch of Olaf Hajek’s second monograph Black Antoinette, Gestalten Space is proud to present a solo show by this internationally sought-after illustrative artist.
Black Antoinette is a collection of Olaf Hajeks most recent work that was created over the last three years, a striking selection of personal artwork, editorial contracts, and commercial portraits that showcase a remarkable style that has become more free and painterly during this time. His colorful illustrations and textured paintings are infused with a folkloristic naivety and freshness. Hajek masterfully melds influences from West African and Latin American art to create surreal juxtapositions of fairy tale fantasies and disordered realities. His magical realism enriches the perspective of anyone viewing his work.
Because he is interested in the haptical effect of brushes, paints, and structures, Olaf Hajek does not create his illustrative art on the computer. Rather, he works with acrylic colors on paper, wood, or gray board. He only scans his images to make them available to his clients.
Date: July 5–29, 2012
Location: Gestalten Space, Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Sophienstraße 21, 10178 Berlin
Opening: July 5, 2012, 18:00–21:00
Olaf Hajek will be in attendance